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Difference between a Bit and Bytes
January 27, 2007, 2:15 pm
Filed under: Internet/Web2.0, Tutorials

Are you confused between a bit and Byte and shaking your head on not getting download speed more than 32 KBps speed on 256 Kbps connection. Here is a brief tutorial on bit and byte.

First thing to remember is 8 bits make a byte and small (b) is used to represent bit and capital (B) is for byte. If you are using 256Kbps (b: bit) connection and whenever you download a file on the net, the speed shown in your browser is always in kilobytes per second, that is, KBps. So a 256 Kbps connection does not mean you will be downloading files at 256 Kilobytes a second. Rather, since 8 bits make a byte you’ ll get a maximum speed of only 256/8 which is 32 KBps and 64 KBps on 512 Kbps connection.


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