# Thread: How Fast Is 1mbps? 2mbps? 3mbps? 4mbps?

Join Date
Mar 2007
Posts
125

## How Fast Is 1mbps? 2mbps? 3mbps? 4mbps?

Can someone please try to explain this..

how long would it take to download a 10mb file on a 1mbps connection? , on a 2mbps connection? , on a 3mbps connection?? etc....

Im about to get a unmetered 4mbps bandwidth but i need to know how fast or how much users it can handle (streaming music)..

thanks

2. Aspiring Evangelist
Join Date
Apr 2002
Location
New Jersey
Posts
354
There are 1000 bits in a kilobit and 1000 kilobits in a megabit.

Therefore, there are 1 million bits in a megabit.

The conversion from bytes to bits works like this, and beware, this is long handed...

1 byte (B) = 8 bits (b)

Since we are dealing in 1 million bytes or bits ( mega ) we will apply the same conversion.

10 megabytes = 80 megabits

A 1 megabit per second connection can transfer 60 megabits in a minute and 80 megabits in 1 minute and 20 seconds.

Since 10 Megabytes is 80 megabits, we can transfer 10 megabytes over a 1 megabit connection in 1 minute and 20 seconds.

This of course does not factor in anything but the pure math. This leaves out network overhead, distance, the speed of
the opposite connection, etc

Now, save yourself some time and use a calculator :-)

http://www.easycalculation.com/bandwidth-calculator.php

To equate this to your 4 megabit connection, 4 megabits is 4000 kilobits so you can handle approx. ( 31.25 ) 128 kilobit streams.
Again, this doesn't factor in anything but the speed rating.

Join Date
Mar 2007
Posts
125
so MBPS means

Mega Bytes or bits? Per Second

Originally Posted by Aaton35
There are 1000 bits in a kilobit and 1000 kilobits in a megabit.

Therefore, there are 1 million bits in a megabit.

The conversion from bytes to bits works like this, and beware, this is long handed...

1 byte (B) = 8 bits (b)

Since we are dealing in 1 million bytes or bits ( mega ) we will apply the same conversion.

10 megabytes = 80 megabits

A 1 megabit per second connection can transfer 60 megabits in a minute and 80 megabits in 1 minute and 20 seconds.

Since 10 Megabytes is 80 megabits, we can transfer 10 megabytes over a 1 megabit connection in 1 minute and 20 seconds.

This of course does not factor in anything but the pure math. This leaves out network overhead, distance, the speed of
the opposite connection, etc

Now, save yourself some time and use a calculator :-)

http://www.easycalculation.com/bandwidth-calculator.php

To equate this to your 4 megabit connection, 4 megabits is 4000 kilobits so you can handle approx. ( 31.25 ) 128 kilobit streams.
Again, this doesn't factor in anything but the speed rating.

4. Aspiring Evangelist
Join Date
Apr 2002
Location
New Jersey
Posts
354
Per my last post:

1 byte (B) = 8 bits (b)

Capital B = byte so you would write a megabyte as "MB" and a megabit as "mb" or "Mb". Lower case "b" means bit.

Data rates are almost always advertised in bits, not bytes.

5. Web Hosting Guru
Join Date
Nov 2006
Posts
263
How much are you going to pay for that?

You can transfer about 330GB/month per mbit.

so if you transfer at full capacity, for a full month, you will use about 1320 GB

Join Date
Mar 2007
Posts
125
Originally Posted by IllustriousCube
How much are you going to pay for that?

You can transfer about 330GB/month per mbit.

so if you transfer at full capacity, for a full month, you will use about 1320 GB

Its Unmetered 4mbps and i think its just below \$80

Join Date
Mar 2007
Posts
125
Originally Posted by Aaton35
Per my last post:

1 byte (B) = 8 bits (b)

Capital B = byte so you would write a megabyte as "MB" and a megabit as "mb" or "Mb". Lower case "b" means bit.

Data rates are almost always advertised in bits, not bytes.

8. Community Guide
Join Date
Sep 2004
Location
Seoul, Korea (London, UK)
Posts
1,672
One really needs at least 10mbps in my opinion.

Join Date
Mar 2007
Posts
125
Originally Posted by The Engine
One really needs at least 10mbps in my opinion.
really.. I dont really know how fast is 4mbps or 10mbps until i try it for my self

I have a powervps right now. their cheapest plan is what I have and its pretty fast. So if 4mpbs is as fast as Powervps' cheapest plan then IM FINE

10. Greece
Join Date
Jan 2004
Location
Greece
Posts
2,117
For streaming most people use 24kbps (using aac+) or 48kbps. So having 4mbit connection can handle:

24kbps = 170 listeners
48kbps = 85 listeners

11. Eternal Member
Join Date
Dec 2004
Location
New York, NY
Posts
10,574
I have a powervps right now. their cheapest plan is what I have and its pretty fast. So if 4mpbs is as fast as Powervps' cheapest plan then IM FINE
PowerVPS offers 100mbit burst.

4mbit will be significantly slower, not only because you won't achieve more than ~ 400-500kbyte/s (at best), but because it will decrease greatly as more users are downloading from your server. 100mbit leaves a lot of room and usually works great.

12. Web Hosting Master
Join Date
Jan 2007
Posts
661
4mbits streaming music isn't very much unless you have less than 200 listeners at any time.

I agree with Layer0, for streaming, 100mbits burstable is a better option. It allows you headroom just in case you have additional listeners.

Another way to look at this situation:

4mbps "unmetered" will pump about 1500MB per month outgoing at full strength.

If you get a "METERED" plan on a 100mbps connect that gives you 1500MB/2000MB per month (which is common) you'll get better headroom during rush hours and still push about the same MB per month.

Just be careful not to go over your allotted amount, you could pay big-time in overage charges. Make sure what their IN/OUT calculation is. Alot of Bandwith allocations include INCOMING and OUTGOING traffic in their 2000MB calculation.

13. Web Hosting Master
Join Date
Jan 2004
Location
Pennsylvania
Posts
939
Originally Posted by allanon
If you get a "METERED" plan on a 100mbps connect that gives you 1500MB/2000MB per month (which is common) you'll get better headroom during rush hours and still push about the same MB per month.
uh... for a dedicated, sure. This is in the VPS forum. Most in the \$80 price range will include 400-800MB.

Most people that are streaming are already setting in their server config a max number of listeners/watchers and therefore since they know exactly how many Mbit/s (or Kbit/s) they will require the 4Mbit un-metered will turn out to be a better value. The situation where this doesn't work out is for one time events, but for the typical streamer it allows the # of listeners to be a defined value without the variable of whether they will pay extra that month.

14. Web Hosting Master
Join Date
Jan 2007
Posts
661
Oh darn, sorry guys, I'm browsing the VPS forum and didn't even realize it. Thought I was in the dedicated forum. My apologies.

You're right, VPS Matt, you don't get that kind of bandwith typically with VPS plans.

15. Junior Guru Wannabe
Join Date
Apr 2010
Location
Perú
Posts
37

unless you plan to make your own streaming server for what you need for this high-rise.

1 mbps = 1024 kbps
1 kbps = 1024 bytes
1 byte = 8 bits

one music in MP3 = 128 kbs

16. Web Hosting Master
Join Date
Nov 2009
Location
Cincinnati
Posts
1,583
Typically your shooting for around 10mbit of bandwidth. Any thing less is a little low for a busy site, any thing more you honestly won't utilize to its potential.

On average our VPS run 2mbit of actual usage, and dedicated boxes 20-30.

17. Junior Guru Wannabe
Join Date
Mar 2009
Posts
37
1mbps/8 = 128kb/s
10mb/128 = 80 sec

18. Web Hosting Master
Join Date
Mar 2006
Location
Australia
Posts
771
Thanks for bumping a 3 year old thread...

19. New Member
Join Date
Dec 2011
Posts
1

## speed 1mbps , 2mbps speed info

Originally Posted by treck33
Can someone please try to explain this..

how long would it take to download a 10mb file on a 1mbps connection? , on a 2mbps connection? , on a 3mbps connection?? etc....

Im about to get a unmetered 4mbps bandwidth but i need to know how fast or how much users it can handle (streaming music)..

thanks
see the thing is i had 4mbps speed so my download speed was around 500kbps , that comes to almost 700mb download in 25minutes or 1gb in 1 hour with differential speed

20. Junior Guru Wannabe
Join Date
Jun 2011
Posts
67
Originally Posted by CretaForce
For streaming most people use 24kbps (using aac+) or 48kbps. So having 4mbit connection can handle:

24kbps = 170 listeners
48kbps = 85 listeners
I'm listening to a 128kbps stream right now... Really, when it gets more crappy than 96kbps I'm out....

21. Junior Guru Wannabe
Join Date
Oct 2011
Posts
72
oh you, necromancers

22. Newbie
Join Date
Nov 2011
Posts
27
Originally Posted by treck33
Can someone please try to explain this..

how long would it take to download a 10mb file on a 1mbps connection? , on a 2mbps connection? , on a 3mbps connection?? etc....

Im about to get a unmetered 4mbps bandwidth but i need to know how fast or how much users it can handle (streaming music)..

thanks
If you are getting 4mbps you might support streaming for different quantities of listeners. It all depends on the bitrate of your broadcast. If you do it at 128k - on 4mbps you are going to support about 4 listeners. If you broadcast with a bitrate of 32k you will support about 16.

Holly molli. Topic is 4 years of age. Ignore me ))
Last edited by vds6; 12-13-2011 at 12:11 AM.

23. I LOVE Cogent!
Join Date
Dec 2002
Location
California
Posts
2,005
Why did you open up a 4 year old thread and reply in enormous text?

#### Posting Permissions

• You may not post new threads
• You may not post replies
• You may not post attachments
• You may not edit your posts
•