Were you using firewall software on your computer? If not then maybe you were letting in a bunch of traffic that the router's internal firewall has now put a stop to. Can't think of another reason why a router would speed things up really.
I was looking for something on youtube but didn't see anything. Nothing on hulu as far as I could tell. As usual, ThinkGeek has a bunch of fake products for sale. They've already decided to make the Inflatable Captain's Chair available for real.