Incoming kbps Doesn't Match Download Speed

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  1. MyDesktopBroke macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    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

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    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

    Jun 2, 2007

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