Incoming kbps Doesn't Match Download Speed

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  1. MyDesktopBroke macrumors 6502

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    I know next to nothing about how internet speed is calculated, but right now we're paying for ATT DSL with a 1.5 mbps tag. When I go to my router summary, it says "incoming: 1534 kbps, outgoing 384 kbps," which lines up with the 1.5 mbps ATT advertised.

    But I only get 150 kb/s download speed, 160 kb/s tops.

    Is this how it's supposed to work?

    OS X 10.5.8, 2Wire router, ATT "1.5 mbps" DSL.
     
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Bandwidth is measured in bits per second (in the old days, it was called baud).

    1544 kbps = kilobits per second

    Downloads are typically measured in bytes per second, where 8 bits = 1 byte.

    150 - 160 KBps = kilobytes per second

    1544 kbps / 8 bits per byte = 193 kilobytes per second maximum

    It sounds/looks normal to me.
     
  3. MyDesktopBroke thread starter macrumors 6502

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