So people get often confused when talking to their Internet provider about their Internet speed. So we are going to break it down for you. Understanding your speed is a HUGE element of understanding what your paying for, and what you need to pay for.
Basics you need to know:
There are 8 bits to a byte. In Internet provider terms, they like to use bits designated by the small b, thus making the speed sound WAY faster than it actually is. A Byte is designated by a large B. So basically a 1 Mbps connection is 1/8th of a 1 MBPS connection.
Mbps: mega bits per second
MBPS: Mega Bytes Per Second
Small b = bits or 1/8th of a Byte
Big B = Bytes 8 times that of a byte
So lets breakdown some common internet provider speeds in to MBPS!
1 Mbps = 0.125 MBPS
Average 4G cell phone is 4mbps = 0.5 MBPS
10 Mbps = 1.25 MBPS
25 Mbps = 3.125 MBPS
50 Mbps = 6.25 MBPS
100 Mbps = 12.5 MBPS
So to break that down further…
An MP3 file on average is about 3MB
An average movie download is about 800 MB/HD about 5,000 MB
An Average YouTube video is about 7.5 MB more towards 100 MB for HD
An average Pandora song is about 5-6 MB
So in essence if you are downloading a MP3 file on a 1 Mbps connection, your average download time is approximately 24 seconds, assuming best possible speed.
So basically if you are wondering why your lagging all the time, now you have the numbers to understand how long stuff on your connection takes to download.
We thought you also might find this entertaining video on the subject helpful as well!