Wifi download speed

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Aquaduck04, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hello -

    Simple question -

    My macbook air is connected to an Apple Express. Speedtest.net clocks me at 7 MB/s download speed. But whenever I download anything it is MUCH slower than that. Lion took hours but I figured that was because Apple's servers were clogged up.

    Today, I downloaded a 888MB software update and it took 25 minutes or a rate of .5MB/s.

    Is something wrong with either my computer or my AEBS?

    Thanks!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Are you sure www.speedtest.net gave you 7MB/s, which would be 56Mbit/s, as they show speeds in Mbit/s or Mb/s?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks very much for the quick response.

    7.65 Mbps is what it reads. That's MB right?
     
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    miles01110

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    Speedtest reports in Mbps, not MB/s. A 7 Mbps connection works out to around .86 MB/s. Downloading an 888 MB file in 25 minutes works out to around .6 MB/s, which is reasonable given what you can expect in the real world.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    No, that is Megabit per second, thus 7Mbps are 0,95 MB/s or 979 KB/s, which is what you are getting.

    1 Byte (B) = 8 bit (b)
    1MB = 1024KB
     

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