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Online Speed Test

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A free Internet Speed test, whether via a cable or DSL, is a great way to see how fast your connection speed is at your computer. Most companies claim very fast speeds but this really is determined in the optimum setup. Your speed could easily decrease based on how many people close to you are also on the same line or wire. The more people using broadband service or even DSL connection, the slower your speed will be to your computer. Broadband speed is often confused with bandwidth. Bandwidth refers to the amount of data you are using and does not relate to the broadband speed. Some companies limit the amount of bandwidth users are allowed to use. If you download movies or other large files off the Internet, you may receive a call from your cable or phone company as they actively monitor and run bandwidth tests on the system

Bits per second: How communication devices are rated. Kilo means 1,000 and mega means 1,000,000. Examples include 56k modem and 10Mbit Ethernet. Bytes per second: The way data is measured on your hard drive and how file sharing and FTP programs measure transfer speeds. Kilo is 1,024 and mega is 1,048,576.

Bits and bytes are a measurement of electronic information. A byte is always 8 bits. Communications speeds are usually measured in bits per second while many computer operations are measured in bytes per second. A "56k" modem is 56 kilobits and a "2m" DSL connection is 2 megabits per second. Baud rate is another measure of transmission speed and is the number of actual signals sent per second. At one time it was equal to the bits per second, but modern technology allows us to send more than one bit per electric signal.

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