Understanding Internet Connection Options, Speeds

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The Internet is an integral part of society, making it important to understand the basics, especially when comparing Internet Service Providers, the companies like Comcast who provide Internet access.

There are a number of important things to consider when learning the basics of the Internet, including Internet speeds and abbreviations, as well as the different types of Internet delivery. Internet speed is essentially measured in how much data can be sent to the user, usually per second. The bigger the bandwidth, the faster data can be transferred.

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An average web page, for example, is about 1.5 megabtyes (MB) in size, while a text email you receive is about 15 kilobytes (KB). An MP3 file you might download is about 4 MB, and downloading an HD movie would take up about 10 gigabytes (GB).

Internet Speeds Explained

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One thing to consider when comparing Internet service providers is the speed of the Internet. A number of abbreviations are used when explaining Internet speeds.

The slowest is Kbps, or kilobits per second. The bit is the smallest measurement of information and was used by mobile carriers until speeds got faster. A kilobit is 1,000 bits. The average dial-up modem operates at a maximum of 56 Kbps, however its speed is more often between 40 to 50 Kbps.

Next up is KB/s or kilobytes per second. A byte is made up of eight bits, and bytes are often the measurement used for files on a computer. An average image on the web is around 1,000 KB, and would take around 2 minutes and 22 seconds to download on a dial-up modem running at maximum speeds.

A byte is a unit of data that is eight binary digits long. The standard number of bits in a byte is eight, which mean if the files is 1,000byte it will made up 8,000bits.

MB/s stands for megabytes per second. A megabyte is made up of 1,000 kilobytes, and is the unit of measurement for larger files. A typical MP3 is around 4MB and would take 1 second to download on a more modern Internet speed of 25.6 megabits per second.

The next level is Gbps, or gigabits per second. A gigabit is made up of 125 megabytes. The fastest commercial Internet speeds are currently measured in gigabits per second, such as the service provided in Minneapolis, which offers a whopping 10 Gbps. The speed rate of 10 Gbps basically means that users will be able to download their favorite flicks in under a second, according to US Internet, the company providing the Minneapolis service.

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