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    How can full speed be acheived if ethernet only supports 15mbs..?

    This is a discussion on How can full speed be acheived if ethernet only supports 15mbs..? within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Originally Posted by UK_Legend As far as i know, there is a difference between megabits and megabytes, and apparently 100megabits ...

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      Re: How can full speed be acheived if ethernet only supports 15mbs..?

      Quote Originally Posted by UK_Legend View Post
      As far as i know, there is a difference between megabits and megabytes, and apparently 100megabits per second is about 12.5 megabytes per second..
      Yes, a factor of 8, there are 8 bits in a byte - but as others have pointed out ethernet and broadband (wired and wireless) use the same measurements.

      You would only benefit from Gigabit speeds if transferring data between devices on your home network, or if you have several devices using it at the same time.


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      Re: How can full speed be acheived if ethernet only supports 15mbs..?

      Quote Originally Posted by SadBloke View Post
      Yes, a factor of 8, there are 8 bits in a byte - but as others have pointed out ethernet and broadband (wired and wireless) use the same measurements.

      You would only benefit from Gigabit speeds if transferring data between devices on your home network, or if you have several devices using it at the same time.
      Yea,thats what i thought.
      Thanks alot cor clarifying!
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      Re: How can full speed be acheived if ethernet only supports 15mbs..?

      Just to add, if and when you go on to a 40Mbps connection, you will require a modem capable of connecting at that speed. Existing routers will still be able to handle that higher speed. Only when connecting at 100mbps, would you require a gigabit router to be sure of getting your full download speed.

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      Re: How can full speed be acheived if ethernet only supports 15mbs..?

      LAN network speeds are set in increments. You can have 10, 100 or 1000 mbps. Anything in between these figures means you are potentially losing performance at some point.

      As others say bits/sec and bytes/sec can confuse. All networking seems to use bps whilst file transfer is generally quoted a bytes/sec. So transferring at 100 Mbps means you will achieve about 12.5 MB/sec of file transfer.

      I now achieve about 17 Mbps on my Sky broadband connection and the added speed from the previous 8 Mbps is barely noticeable on daily web surfing but big downloads do seem about 30% faster. So the quest for more and more speed reaches a point where doubling speed only produces marginal improvement for everyday use. I can't see a 30 mbps broadband connection giving me a great deal more in the real world. But I know TomD would like my 17 mbps connection!

     

     
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