Speed download - what does k/s mean?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by Mala, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. Mala macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2003
    I'm using Speed Download to check the exact speed of my slooooow broadband connection. It's listing the download at average speeds of between 2 and 8 k/s. But what exactly does it mean by k/s? Can't find an interpretation anywhere. Kilobytes per second? Kilobits per second?
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I suspect it's kilobytes per second based on the screenshots here.
  3. hcuar macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2004
    If it's kilobits per second, I'm amazed you are even posting.

    If it's kilobytes per second, you are barely faster than dialup. I usually saw 5.3 to 6.0 kilobytes per second (depending on compression) when I had dialup.

    Try this test at:


    Here's my results with cable:
    2004-10-03 10:09:00 EST: 4035 / 495
    Your download speed : 4132036 bps, or 4035 kbps.
    A 504.3 KB/sec transfer rate.
    Your upload speed : 507166 bps, or 495 kbps.

    What service do you have anyway?

    kbps is kilobits per second, KB/sec is kilobytes per second. (bps is of course bits per second)

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