cap on my download speed ???

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changintimes

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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 ?
 
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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).
 

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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,
 
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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.
 

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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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