What is the difference between Kilobits and Kilobytes?

A kilobit is one thousand bits (a bit is the smallest measurement of data for telecommunications).

Slingshot usually uses the term "kilobits per second" or "megabits per second" to measure the amount of data downloaded (or uploaded) per second.

Kilobits per second is generally shortened to kb/s or kbps (all lower-case).

A kilobyte is 8 times bigger than a kilobit, so:

  • 256 kilobits per second (kbps) means you would download at a maximum of 32 kilobytes (KBps) per second.
  • 1 megabit per second (mbps) means you would download at a maximum of 128 kilobytes (KBps) per second.
  • 2 megabits per second (mbps) means you would download at a maximum of 256 kilobytes (KBps) per second.
It is really important to understand the difference between kilobits and kilobytes, as many download programs and web browsers measure your speeds in kilobytes, where Slingshot measures your speeds in kilobits.
 

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