About bits, bytes, and Internet connection speed

First, let's try to figure out what bits and bytes are. Bit is the smallest unit of measure of the amount of information. Along with the bit, a byte is actively used. The byte is 8 bits. Let's try to depict this clearly in the following diagram.

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I think that this is clear and it makes no sense to dwell in more detail. Since bits and bytes are very small values, they are mostly used with the prefixes kilo, mega and giga. Surely you've heard of them since the school program. Common units and their abbreviations we put together in the table.

NameAbbreviationValue
bitbit (b)0 or 1
byteByte (B)8 bit
kilobitkbit (kb)1000 bit
kilobytesKByte (KB)1024 bytes
megabitmbit (mb)1000 kilobit
megabyteMByte (MB)1024 kilobytes
gigabitgbit (gb)1000 megabit
gigabyteGByte (GB)1024 megabytes

Now let's try to determine the speed of the Internet connection.

In clear language, the connection speed is the amount of information received or sent by your computer in a unit of time. As a unit of time in this case, it is considered to be the second and as the amount of information a kilo or megabit.

Thus, if your speed is 128 Kbps this means that your connection has a capacity of 128 kilobits per second or 16 kilobytes per second.

A lot or little to judge you. In order to more materially feel your speed, I recommend using our tests. Determine the amount of time it takes to upload a file of your size, at your connection speed. Also you can see the file of what volume you can download for a certain period of time at your connection speed.

Using our tests it is necessary to remember and take into account that our server, on which all these tests are located, is far from your computer far enough and, accordingly, the results can affect the load of our server (at our site, at the same time, people), and the load of Internet lines.

If our server were at the same table with your computer and they would be connected to each other by one wire, then it would be possible to talk about the most accurate results. In our case, as practice shows, connecting your computer to our server for testing occurs on average through 10 other servers.