Originally Posted by raidmaxGuy;11966837
lol ok everyone just stop arguing about it lol
besided all y'all are doin is confusing me with this mb vs MB crap, steam says download speed is based on MB no Mb, this is all very confusing
Alright, let's break it down. Network speeds 101.
You have a wireless N router. You know that 300Mbps connection speed you see? That's the speed of the connection between your computer and the router. It's the internal speed.
Your download speed is not the same. Your download speed depends on what package you have from your ISP (service provider). Let's say you have a 10Mbps package from your service provider. The fastest you can download at is 10Mbps, not 300Mbps.
Here's how the data travels -
Steam servers -> Your ISP -> Your router -> You
Your ISP is what controls your download speed. If they say you can only download at 10Mbps, that is the fastest your router will recieve the data. So, if we take a look at 1 second. Let's say it's 11th January 2011 at 10:10:03 (hh:mm:ss). In this one second, you're maxing out your 10Mbps connection. What's actually happening?
Your ISP is sending 10Mb of data to your router. What your router does is take that 10Mb and give all to you in a single pass. It cannot give you 300Mb of information when the only thing it has is 10Mb of data to give you.
So, while your router tells you that you're connected to it at 300Mbps, the fastest you can download at is whatever speed your ISP gives you.
(But if you're transferring data between two computers that are both connected to the same 300Mbps router, you can transfer data at a theoretical maximum of 300Mbps since you're only limited by your hard drive speeds there).
So now, let's take a look at the Mb/MB thing.
Mbps stands for Megabits
MBps stands for Megabytes
The capital B makes a huge difference.
There are 8 bits in a byte, so there are 8 Megabits in 1 Megabite.
Your internal connection (to your router) is 300Mbps. That means your router can send a maximum of 300 Megabits of data to you per second. 300 Megabits is the same as 37.5 Megabytes. (300 / 8 = 37.5)
If your ISP only gives you a maximum of 10Mbps, they only send you a maximum of 10 Megabits of data per second. 10 Megabits is the same as 1.25 Megabytes. Why? Because 10 / 8 = 1.25.
The speed that Steam tells you is in MB/s, which is Megabytes
. Now, we know that to convert from Megabits to Megabytes, you divide by 8. So to convert from Megabytes to Megabits, you multiply by 8.
1 Megabyte/s (from Steam) x 8 = 8 megabits.
So you're recieving a total of 8 megabits of data per second from your service provider.
So, to recap:
- You can have the fastest router in the world, but your download speed will still be limited by your service provider. Your router can only send you the data it has, so if it's not recieving 300Mb of data, it can't send you 300Mb of data.
-- Your internal speed is irrelevant to your download speed (until your internal speed is slower than your service providers speed)
- When downloading in Megabytes per second such as when downloading from Steam, you have to multiply the number by 8 in order to compare to the speed that your ISP tells you that should you get.
Originally Posted by GlockZoR IV;11968312
can you STOP SAYING Y'ALL its really aggrovating. and makes you sound like a propper redneck. im not even from america, and you make them sound even worse.
A "propper" redneck doesn't have internet access...or a normal computer.
Oh, and if you're going to call someone out on language, try to use proper grammar and spelling in your own post, otherwise you don't have a leg to stand on.Edited by [Adz] - 1/11/11 at 2:33am