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MBps vs Mbps

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Sceritz, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Sceritz

    Sceritz Bit Poster

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    I've always wondered and I guess some folks here could tell me... why use Mbps as opposed to MBps to define internet speeds? Besides isn't a bit like 1/8 the size of a byte? A tiny bit confused.
     
  2. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Yup, if they say 108Mb/s, it's better marketing than saying 13.5MB/s, isn't it? It just sounds faster. Historically there was also ambiguity in the term byte - it doesn't always mean 8 bits.

    The one I like about bytes is that 4 bits (half an octet) is called a nibble.
     
  3. Sceritz

    Sceritz Bit Poster

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    Heh I've always loved the "nibble" myself. Anyways the /8 isn't really an accurate conversion from bytes to bits then huh? It's just less I guess. Makes DSL's 6mbps sound really slow though in actuality it fits most peoples needs (I prefer cable but that's all they've got where I live). I've noticed the net being a little slower but nothing that I'll pull my hair out over. I don't lag much in games (most of the time) so I'm happy. :P
     
  4. Asterix

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    Your forgetting a word = 16 bits :D
     

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