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Mbps - Megabits or Megabytes?

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    Mbps - Megabits or Megabytes?


    I need to downgrade my internet connection to the lowest TWC offers. The TWC cs said my new speed will be 2 mbps. Does this mean megabits per second or megabytes per second?

    Thanks.

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    That's Megabits per second. 2 is pretty slow, but for basic surfing would be ok.
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    The convention is lower case 'b' for bits and upper case 'B' for Bytes. 2 mbps isn't the end of the world. What may make the difference is the upload speed. If they are stingy with the uplink it slows down everything while the server is waiting for you to tell it what you want. A broadband speed test will show what the upload speed is.
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    Thanks for the info, guys.

    I built a new desktop last summer- i5 quad-core, 4 gb ram, 1 gb vid card, 124 gb ssd, Win 8 64-bit. I downgraded the bandwidth yesterday (from 20 mbps to 2 mbps, $52 a month cheaper) and I swear I don't notice a difference with page loads. They remain pretty much instantaneous. Downloads, of course, take considerably longer but that's not a problem.
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    Some browsers have a turbo mode where the data is compressed on the server before being sent over the network. Even the old 56K dial-up page loads weren't all that bad with server side compression.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcour View Post
    Thanks for the info, guys.

    I built a new desktop last summer- i5 quad-core, 4 gb ram, 1 gb vid card, 124 gb ssd, Win 8 64-bit. I downgraded the bandwidth yesterday (from 20 mbps to 2 mbps, $52 a month cheaper) and I swear I don't notice a difference with page loads. They remain pretty much instantaneous. Downloads, of course, take considerably longer but that's not a problem.
    That's why I said for basic surfing it would be just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcour View Post
    Thanks for the info, guys.

    I built a new desktop last summer- i5 quad-core, 4 gb ram, 1 gb vid card, 124 gb ssd, Win 8 64-bit. I downgraded the bandwidth yesterday (from 20 mbps to 2 mbps, $52 a month cheaper) and I swear I don't notice a difference with page loads. They remain pretty much instantaneous. Downloads, of course, take considerably longer but that's not a problem.
    Hi there.

    First You can't retrieve data FASTER than the remote server can deliver it whatever your actual Internet speed is.

    Now after that piece of information I'm amazed that you seem to be paying a LOT for a VERY SLOW service -- is it that expensive in the USA. I'd look for cheaper services -- there must be -- or possibly a better solution is to use a 4G mobile phone service and use that as an internet access point if you have unlimited data. It's MUCH FASTER and setting up an Access point is simple.

    Where you will notice the poor performance is if you say want to stream services like Netflix or download stuff -- it could take hours to download (legally I hope) an HD movie instead of several minutes - and if you are using a service like HULA TV / SKY GO / NETFLIX you'll constantly see a re-buffering notice while trying to watch the movie. Even playing Video from Youtube / web sites will be slowish too.

    These days a 2mps service is almost "Dinosaur Mode". If you have other users too in the same house on this connection you will really suffer and don't even THINK of "In Play" sports betting or Stock trading with that slow service.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Nothing can arrive before it starts of course. Speed between computer and provider is just a maximum speed possible and is dictated by ISP. You could have incredible speeds there but very lo download speeds from somewhere else. Now even download from a fast server can slow down somewhere in the middle. It has to go thru who knows how many nodes to get to you.
    In console type
    tracert www.(whatever site you want to check)
    or
    ping that site.
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    If you want to get an idea of real world download speed, once you are set up with your new settings, sign up for a free trial on Giganews. Use something like Newsbin binary news reader. Again a free trial/ Then you'll have an idea if you can live with the download speed. I think Comcast was around 4 mbps back in 2002. So 2 mbps does sound awfully slow. If you can't get a good deal from cable there may be a line of sight wireless provider in your area for internet.
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    A program like this: NetTraffic 1.27.4 - tool for monitoring link bandwidth can give you real time internet speed tracking.
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