internet speeds

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by case737@yahoo.c, Jun 13, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2004

    This is probably a stupid question, but I'm asking it anyway.

    I have dsl and the speeds were stated to be between 384kbps and 1.5mbps.

    I don't get anywhere near those speeds on my powerbook. If I download any file, the speeds usually stay between 50 and 70kbps. The speeds have only surpassed 100kbps twice, and it was like Christmas.

    My friend has the same dsl provider, but has a pc. Does anyone know if there are any settings I need to change on my powerbook?

    Or any other suggestions?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2003
    Meadville, PA
    Remember 1KB = 8 Kb, or 1 kiloBYTE = 8 kiloBITS. So the 1.5mbit line is actually around 180KB per second
  4. macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
    You do realize that downloads are represented as KB/s and not kbps, right? 384-1.5 mbps is going to give you speeds around 48-180 KB/s give or take a few due to overhead. This depends on distance from CO when using DSL and server speed you are downloading from. 50-70 KB/s with bursts into 100 fall right in line with the speed you are supposed to be at.

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