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Forever I thought this was the dumbest question and I would get flamed for it. But I don't care anymore.

I have a 3.5Mbps internet connection, but I can never get a download faster than 390Kbps. Through a torrent, steam, mozilla download, w/e.

My friend told me that 3.5Mbps was only rated for simple files like text, but that doesn't add up because I tried downloading a book excerpt for school and I maxed out at 390Kbps.

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Not a dumb questions at all.

Most ISP's rate they're speed in bits, not bytes. So if you have a 3.5Mbps (Mega Bits Per Second) connection, your getting 437KBps MAX (Kilo Bytes per second).

1 Byte = 8 bits. So to calculate an internet speed that's rated in bits, dived the speed by 8.

ie. 25Mbps is 3.125 MBps actual speed.

MBps = Megabytes per second
Mbps = Megabits per second
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Your internet speed is in megabits. 1 megabit is ~.125 megabytes. Megabits are used to talk about data transfer rates (1 kilobit = 1000 bits), while bytes are used to talk about storage size calculations (1 kilobyte = 1024 bytes). So your 3.5 mbps connection is in megabits not megabytes.
Edited by discipline - 11/1/11 at 10:35pm
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^They are both correct. It's a good thing you went and asked here, where people actually help you without judging (at least sometimes ).
    
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A good explaination on bits and bytes but I did not really see the OP's question answered.Are you guys saying the OP has a download speed of 3.9mbps but is simply mistaken to assign the kilo prefix to his observation? I will ask the OP what made you think your download was in kilo bits/bytes,perhaps you saw the kilo prefix appear on a speedtest readout?
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you all beat me to it,
so just make sure you realise:

b = bit
B = Byte = 8 bits
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Originally Posted by S.M. View Post
Forever I thought this was the dumbest question and I would get flamed for it. But I don't care anymore.

I have a 3.5Mbps internet connection, but I can never get a download faster than 390Kbps. Through a torrent, steam, mozilla download, w/e.

My friend told me that 3.5Mbps was only rated for simple files like text, but that doesn't add up because I tried downloading a book excerpt for school and I maxed out at 390Kbps.

Your ISP may rate your connection as for simple files like text, browsing national sites, moderate browsing of international sites or whatever their marketing comes up with.. well i have found that with my ISP...

anyway, 3.5Mbps has a theroritical max speed of 439KBps but realistically you will never achieve that.

there are so many factors that come into play starting with how far you are from the DLSAM/ ISP router in meters, ISP is switches, routers become congested slowing your actual speeds down when you DLing etc.. through to the congestion or QoS on then endpoint your DLing from...

So 390KBps doesnt sound unreasonalble for your plan
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If you want to check how close you are to your ISP's quoted speeds (in kilobits per second) go give this a run: http://www.speedtest.net
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390kB/sec is probably the best you will get out of your service. You can always contact your ISP and see if there is a plan with higher bandwidth available. Out of curiosity, who is your ISP?
 
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390kB/sec is probably the best you will get out of your service. You can always contact your ISP and see if there is a plan with higher bandwidth available. Out of curiosity, who is your ISP?
Wave Broadband, it's a monopoly in our area.
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