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Why is my bandwidth so high?

by mrlilal / January 10, 2013 7:15 AM PST

I am on a laptop. How come when I tested my bandwidth, it had an average of 1100 kbps, but when I download something, I only get an average of 150 kbps?

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That's how the internet works.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 10, 2013 7:18 AM PST

It does seem to confuse folk that are just starting to look at this. Give yourself a few months to learn what the internet is and how a test can change every second and one download can be at higher/lower speeds than others.

Not much new to discuss about this.

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PS. More reading (or too much information?)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 10, 2013 7:25 AM PST

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Your results seem okay
by sunwatcher / January 10, 2013 10:59 AM PST

In addition, speedtest results are displayed in kilobits per second (kb/s), while downloads are almost always displayed in kilobytes (kB/s) per second. So if your download speed is actually 150 kilobytes per second, that would equate to a 1100 kilobit (1.1Mb/s) connection speed.

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