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cap on my download speed ???

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by changintimes, Feb 4, 2007.

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  1. changintimes

    changintimes Banned Thread Starter

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    in my Netscape ISP dial-up connection, i can only download a song file at about 5 kbs, even though i usually am running at about 45 kbs otherwise,

    all downloading is only about 5 kbs,

    is this a cap on downloading by my ISP, Netscape ?
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Just check your kb/s and kB/s, they are very different.

    Your dial-up connect speed of 45 kilobits per second (45 kb/s) is fairly normal, this will result in a maximum download speed of 5.6 kiloBytes per second (8 bits to a Byte) which is actually very good for dial-up.

    Connect speed is measured in bits per second (bps), download speed is Bytes per second (Bps).
     
  3. changintimes

    changintimes Banned Thread Starter

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    wow, i'm not that knowledgable, obviously, in depth wise about computers, so that info is really great,

    just the other day i used kb and kB interchangeably, i even said something like, "kilobites.....or bits, whatever", speaking to my daughter, who is also not a computer wiz,

    that really put perspective on things kiwiguy, lol, thanks very much,

    it is about 5 kB/s for downloading, i guess that's about 40 kb/s also for downloading,
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    Sounds about right.

    Its not a "pure" 8 to 1 ratio as there are things like error correction and data compression, but 8 to 1 is near enough.

    If you are getting 5 kB/s on dial-up, it's quite good. I have a country holiday cottage, where I can only get between 1 and 2 kB/s. On broadband here at around 300 kB/s.
     
  5. changintimes

    changintimes Banned Thread Starter

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    300 kB/s sounds like a dream, may have to get that dsl afterall, even 100 kB/s would be fine,
     
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