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#1 Elliot B.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 17:51

Our ISP allows us to download 250 GB per month.

When we reach the 250 GB monthly cap, our speed gets reduced.

According to this link, it's reduced to "256kb/s"

What speed is "256kb/s" in KB/s?

I am asking, because I thought "256kb/s" would be a quarter of a MB per second (I understand that would be KB/s but is "256kb/s" strictly kBITS/s?), but that is not what we're getting.


#2 ILikeTobacco

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 17:53

http://www.ibeast.co...s/band-calc.asp

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 17:55

32KB/s, damn that's slow! Not sure what my cap is with BT but I download a lot of... Linux distros and I've never hit it.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 17:56

32KB/s, damn that's slow!

So 256kb/s, as it says on their website, is 32 KB/s?

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 17:57

There are 8 bits to a byte. So 256kbits/s would be 256/8 or 32KBytes/s

#6 Crisp

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 17:58

8Kb = 1KB.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 17:59

So 256kb/s, as it says on their website, is 32 KB/s?

It is marketing at its best. the 256kb/s means nothing to most people, including some people that understand technology. However, 256kb/s sounds better than 32 KB/s.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 17:59

Damn, I'll have to put up with 24-32 KB/s speeds for just over a week.

That's not even enough to play TF2 online, is it?

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 18:00

So 256kb/s, as it says on their website, is 32 KB/s?

That's correct.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 18:00

It is marketing at its best. the 256kb/s means nothing to most people, including some people that understand technology. However, 256kb/s sounds better than 32 KB/s.

I thought that "256kb/s" is the same as "256 KB/s" - damn :(

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 18:07

I'm reading that as it'll be reduced to 256 kilobytes per second. It's just whoever typed it, didn't think about the difference between bits and bytes. I could be wrong, but at 256 kilobits per second, your connection would effectively had the rate of dial up, which, in my opinion, would be useless.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 18:08

Same with HDD companies claiming it has 500MB.

Icebreaker, that says Kbps (Kilobits per second)

#13 pes2013

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 18:10

Lets translate if you want :)

First:
GB = Gigabyte
gb = Gigabit
KB = Kilobyte
kb = kilobit

1 GB = 8 gb
1 KB = 8 kb
1 GB = 1048576 KB
1 kb = 0.125 KB

Once we got that a bit ( :p ) out the way.....


250 GB = 262144000 KB
256 kb = 31.25 KB

I hope this cleared up some things and did not confuse you more :)

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 18:12

I'm reading that as it'll be reduced to 256 kilobytes per second. It's just whoever typed it, didn't think about the difference between bits and bytes. I could be wrong, but at 256 kilobits per second, your connection would effectively had the rate of dial up, which, in my opinion, would be useless.


hystorically connection speed has been rated in bits.

Dial up was 56Kbits/s and a little more with data compression (or less before 2000) which was far lower than 32KB/s.

#15 pes2013

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 18:13

I'm reading that as it'll be reduced to 256 kilobytes per second. It's just whoever typed it, didn't think about the difference between bits and bytes. I could be wrong, but at 256 kilobits per second, your connection would effectively had the rate of dial up, which, in my opinion, would be useless.

It is useless.

The person who typed it up DID not make a mistake for two reasons:

1: Thats how low it actually is
2: If they mistyped it, it would be false advertisement and lawsuit.



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