Internet Speed

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by newhere123, Nov 17, 2006.

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  1. newhere123

    newhere123 Registered Member

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    Why is it that an internet connection can be listed at one speed (like 756 Kbps) but it doesn't actually download a megabyte every two seconds? The actual download time is about 80 KB/sec. The same thing goes for a 56Kbps modem that doesn't download at 56 kilobytes per second - it downloads (even when nothing else is using the connection) at about 5.8 KB/sec! It goes at like 1/10th the said speed!!!
     
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    Because the "b" in 756kbs stands for bits, not bytes, there are 8 bits in a byte
     
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    LoL,

    try to say that 3 times fast. :blink: :D



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    Because the "b" in 756kbs stands for bits, not bytes, there are 8 bits in a byteBecause the "b" in 756kbs stands for bits, not bytes, there are 8 bits in a byteBecause the "b" in 756kbs stands for bits, not bytes, there are 8 bits in a byte
     
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  5. newhere123

    newhere123 Registered Member

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    lol

    I thought that might be it. But when I saw "1.5 Mbps", I thought, why the heck would someone express something in Megabits?! Anyway, that solves that!

    Thanks, guys, esp. tradetime. ;)
     
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