Internet speeds

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by irishgrizzly, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816

    irishgrizzly

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    Could think where else to post this :confused:

    Can anyone explain how internet speeds work? I have a 2mb package form my telecom supplier. This gives me a download speed of approx 215kb/s. When I was on there 1mb package it was about half this.

    Should I be seeing higher rates? i.e. should 2mb not be >2000kb/s.

    Thanks,
     
  2. yg17 macrumors G5

    yg17

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    ISPs report speed in bits per second. Browsers report download speeds in bytes per second. There are 8 bits in a byte so you need to divide what your ISP gives you by 8
     
  3. irishgrizzly thread starter macrumors 65816

    irishgrizzly

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    Ah so 2mb or 2048kb is 256 when divided by 8. So my speed is almost as good as advertised.

    Thanks
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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