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How do I read my internet speed? (SOLVED! THANKS!)

SipexSipex Registered User
edited May 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
Alright, my provider currently boasts a 5M/800k speed but I have no bloody clue what that means. I've worked out the 5M means 5 megabits per second but I have no idea where the 800k fits in there.

What does this mean?

Sipex on
Horseshoe wrote:
I've got good news and bad news about 6th level, That Guy. The good news is that Forbiddance spell allows you to prevent enemies different alignment from entering a consecrated area, which is actually useful! The bad news is that the only other new sixth level spell makes lunch for everybody. Guess which one the party is going to expect you to cast.

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  • SixSix Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    800 kilobits per second up.

    The first number is your downstream speed, the second going the other way.

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  • SipexSipex Registered User
    edited May 2010
    But in relation to what? Is that my minimum speed or my upload speed?

    edit: AHHHHHHH

    Okay, thank you a lot. I tried searching it on google and got nothing and their site didn't help either.

    Horseshoe wrote:
    I've got good news and bad news about 6th level, That Guy. The good news is that Forbiddance spell allows you to prevent enemies different alignment from entering a consecrated area, which is actually useful! The bad news is that the only other new sixth level spell makes lunch for everybody. Guess which one the party is going to expect you to cast.
  • SixSix Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Sipex wrote: »
    But in relation to what? Is that my minimum speed or my upload speed?

    It's your theoretical maximum speed.

    So if you saturated your connection you'd get 5M downloads and 800k uploads.

    In reality you likely won't reach that on a single download or upload.

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  • TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Also be aware that those are megabits, not megaBytes (there are 8 bits in a Byte). But actual file transfers are usually displayed in Bytes (big B = bytes, little b =bits).

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  • MindLibMindLib Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    As a caveat to the other responses; it's hard to find hosts that offer speeds as high as 5M. The reason for this should be obvious, just look at the drastic difference in your own DL/UL speeds. I have a 1.2M maximum and my average DL speeds are around 500-750 KBPS. My UL stream is also 800KBPS.

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