Is anybody else having problems with a slow download of files from TCGA? At the moment it's taking me 1 hour to download 1 Gb of data using the File Search. My downloads of files from other sources run at about 5MB/second.
I'm getting decent speeds of 4.7 to 5 MB/s, or roughly 40 Mb/s, from the TCGA DCC housed in Bethesda MD, while I'm located relatively nearby in New York. Instead of using File Search, have you tried downloading data directly from the public https share? For example, to download the clinical data matrix for TCGA BRCA, you could do something like:
Suddenly, Biostars feels like a homey bioinformatics lab, where everyone pings each other over IM when the cluster disks are being slow. :)