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Old 11-08-2012, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a really fast internet connection!

Look at the peak rate...

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Old 11-11-2012, 07:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well......... what kind of connection is it lol


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Old 11-11-2012, 11:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I once got Steam to do over 500 mbs dl. I paused my download and did a internet speed test and got over a gig per second
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I get happy whenever I get over 2.5 mb/s on steam... *sobs*
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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guys... there is a difference between MB/S and Mbps... a factor of 8. don't get them confused (400 mbps is slow, 400 MB/S is FAST)
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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guys... there is a difference between MB/S and Mbps... a factor of 8. don't get them confused (400 mbps is slow, 400 MB/S is FAST)
Like I said.

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I get happy whenever I get over 2.5 mb/s on steam... *sobs*
Haha, I get happy whenever I get over 1.0 MB/s on Steam. The highest I have ever gotten, which was at like 3 AM in my dorm, was 1.9 MB/s, and that was a random spike for no more than 2 seconds.
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Just took a test similar to the one apom took. Results:

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Download Speed: 10214 kbps (1276.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 1035 kbps (129.4 KB/sec transfer rate)

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:55 AM   #9 (permalink)
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guys... there is a difference between MB/S and Mbps... a factor of 8. don't get them confused (400 mbps is slow, 400 MB/S is FAST)
Making a guess here...

Is mbps megabits per second (1,000,000 bits per second)?
Whereas, mb/s is Megabytes per second (8,000,000 bits per second)?

I just want to make sure I'm on the right track.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Basically, but sadly some confusion and underhandedness makes some things a pain.

A bit is a single logical value, 0 or 1. (But can, in some very rare systems be a 0, 1, or 2. Or possibly 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9... Luckily only really geeky types playing around in computing history need to really care about that. Binary computers are easy and cheap, and thus bit values are either "On" or "Off", or actually High or Low. Or Low or High, or Yes or No, or No or Yes. The computer doesn't actually care which way it goes, it is up to developers to pick which is what.)

A single bit is easy to deal with and measure, but not exceptionally useful. As you can guess you can't do much with a single bit. Thus we use more to store more data.

So we group them in bytes, and traditionally this is eight bits to a bite. BUT, it doesn't actually have to be. Luckily, this is again something we rarely have to worry about, as 99.99999999999% of the binary systems you're going to find today stick with 8 bit bytes. (Programmers and electrical engineers are lazy... We put effort into building complex machines to do simple tasks for us, like adding numbers to do our taxes.)

The thing gets complicated when you start dealing with larger values, because there was a standard accepted by computer scientists and engineers for decades. Back when anyone using a computer was a geek and they were cool or main stream, things were good. Everyone either knew that the numbers we're dealing with are binary, and thus counting conventions are slightly different, or they were considered an idiot and ignored.

Thus, one kilobyte is not 1000 bytes, but it is 1024 bytes. 2^10. A megabyte was 1024 kilobytes, or 2^20. 1048576 bytes.

Then computers became main stream, and more home users were buying them and barely understood enough to figure out what button to push to make them beep and turn on. They learned enough to 'know' that bigger numbers were better, and eventually some idiot fresh out of a marketing degree and not having a clue what math was stumbled on a great idea... Mega means 1,000,000, right? So that "Megabyte" isn't just a "Megabyte", but rather it is 1.05 MB. Doesn't sound like much, and it is just a number on a box to sell stuff, but this error adds up.

Consider a "Gigabyte", 1024 Megabytes, 2^30; 1 073 741 824 vs 1 000 000 000. You are then missing 73 741 824 bytes of data, 70 megabytes and change, and it just keeps adding up as space gets larger.

So, when someone writes a program to measure "Megabytes per Second", we have to ask, which one are you using? The real value, or the marketing value?
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