ratguy at bellsouth.net
Sat Jun 19 22:33:39 EDT 2004
Another thing to consider is the bandwidth of every computer between your
machine and the destination machine. Obviously you're only going to get a
download as fast as the slowest computer between you and the remote system.
In other words, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Even if
you're downloading from a well-known, fast site, if for some stupid reason
some server in the middle was running off a 14.4 modem, your download will
proceed at 14.4 speed or less, no matter how fast your connection or that of
the remote site is.
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From: "Gregory Nowak" <greg at romuald.net.eu.org>
To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at braille.uwo.ca>
Sent: Saturday, June 19, 2004 7:58 PM
Subject: Re: speed question
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> Thanks. I was always under the impression that KbpS and Kb/S were both
> interchangeable, and stood for Kilobytes per second.
> I notice that lynx the cat reports download speeds in Kb/s, while the
> statistics page of my ADSL modem reports the speed in KbpS. Knowing
> that they're both different, and that one is Kilobits, while the other
> is Kilobytes, 1360 KbPs is a lot closer to 1536 KbpS. Doing some
> calculations shows me that I should be getting 192 Kb/S max, but I
> suppose I should take into account the bandwidth of other machines,
> and the latency of the net in general.
> On Sat, Jun 19, 2004 at 05:47:39PM -0500, Thomas Stivers wrote:
> > I think you may need to sort out acronyms. I believe kbps typically
> > means killobits per second, whereas kb/s typically means kilobytes per
> > second. There are 8 kilobits in a kilobyte, therefore 170 kb/s = 1360
> > kbps. Hopefully I am not just talking out my ass and I am remembering
> > this stuff correctly.
> > HTH
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