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October 20, 2013, 03:37 PM
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Thanks - that makes me feel a little better.
I thought the difference between a KB and MB should have been like 1000 times more so knowing that 400 kbs is roughly 4 mps means I'm getting what they say I should get (well they say 5 mps but that's sales hype I rarely get over 4 mps on Speednet).
You're getting the conversations slightly wrong. ISPs advertise their internet speeds in bits per second, so Mbps means Megabits per second.
With a 4 Megabits per second you are getting a max download speed of 500 KiloBytes per second. There are 8 bits in every bit, hence 4 000 000 000 (roughly) bits divided by 8 equals 500 000 Bytes.
Recap: Mbps means MegaBits per Second, MB/s means MeagaBytes per second, Kbps means Kilobits per second and KB/s means KiloBytes per second.
Why ISPs don't advertise their speeds these days in bytes per second I have no idea, probably to sound faster than it really is.
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