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    Broadband Are They Lieing?

    This is a discussion on Broadband Are They Lieing? within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Well i've seen lot's of broadband packages saying up to 4mb and things like this but is this true, because ...

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      Broadband Are They Lieing?

      Well i've seen lot's of broadband packages saying up to 4mb and things like this but is this true, because when i do a speed test i get around 4000 kbps which people would say is 4mb but it's not because 4000 kbps is 4000 kilobits per second which is about 500 kilobyte per second which is half of a megabyte not 4mb. So can you really get a 16mb broadband connection because 16000 kbps is not 16mb per second. Are broadband providers lieing?


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      Re: Broadband Are They Lieing?

      1024kbs is 1mbit...

      if they advertise that you can get upto 1mb, then technically you get up to 1024kbs...

      So now they are not lieing not every one knows that computers work in 8bit decimal system and not the standard 10 we are use too

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      Re: Broadband Are They Lieing?

      what you have to look for is the b.

      100mB = 100 megabytes
      100mb = 100 megabits

      the maths works out fine:

      bits:

      1024 bits = 1 kilobit
      1024 kilobits = 1 megabit

      similarly for bytes:

      1024 bytes = 1 kilobyte
      1024 kilobytes = 1 megabyte

      However:

      8 bits = 1 byte

      Meaning:

      16 megabits = 2 megabytes

      16mbit/second = 2048 kbyte/second

      its just fancy wording that means it sounds faster than it is.

      the advertising system is no lie at all, they advertise up to 16 megabit. Thats what you get

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      Re: Broadband Are They Lieing?

      I do remember seeing a Sky Broadband advert which was offering up to 16 megabyte broadband. I actually did a live rewind just to check, and yup, they said 16 megabyte. Needless to say, this advert got pulled pretty sharpish.

      But just to clear these issues up, the 'bit' as a unit of measurement is usually abbreviated as a lower-case 'b', and 'byte' is usually abbreviated as an upper-case 'B'. You also sometimes hear the term 'octet' - abbreviated to 'o' - meaning specifically 8 bits. Technically, a byte need not be 8 bits, but it's so rare to find any situation where a byte isn't 8 bits, that 'byte' and 'octet' are used interchangeably.

      The multiplier kilo ('k') means 1,000, mega ('M') means 1,000,000 and giga ('G') means 1,000,000,000. The only legitimate exception to this is in relation to computer memory where kilo means 1024, mega means 1,048,576 and giga means 1,073,741,824. Although a lot of operating systems tend to report disk space using the wrong values for the multipliers, leading people to think that hard disk manufacturers are swindling them out of disk space.

      When broadband companies do things like setting an 8 megabit broadband connection to 8192 kilobits per second, it's basically because they're confused. 8192 kilobits isn't 8,388,608 bits (8192 x 1024 bits) it's actually 8,192,000 bits.

     

     

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