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Okay Network guys explain DSL speed to me

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Gordon Moore, Jan 21, 2002.

  1. Gordon Moore

    Gordon Moore Second Unit

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    When you go on these speedtest sites you see things like your relative speed expressed in Throughout usually around 970-990 kbps for my basic DSL service. However some sites break the number down expressed in a download speed of 136 kbps. This is consistent with what I get for a average download rate in explorer when downloading from bigger sites like Microsoft, Oracle, etc...

    What is the difference in these 2 numbers. Is Throughput your max speed, burst rate or something and the other value your true download speed?

    I hope I'm explaining this properly.
     
  2. James Zubb

    James Zubb Stunt Coordinator

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    You are looking at two different units of measure. One is kilobits the other is kilobytes. There are 8 bits in a byte, so just divide the kilobit number by 8.

    This is a pretty common point of confusion as the units are usually not well inidicated. I think the standard is KB for kilobyte and Kb or kbit for kilobit.
     
  3. Gordon Moore

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    Makes perfect sense. Thanks for the explanation
     

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