Brian Cryer's Glossary of IT Terms with Links
- Bits Per Second. Also known as bit rate. Used
when specifying connection speeds across networks.
When calculating the maximum throughput across a network remember that network communications itself has some overhead, so as a rule of thumb therefore divide by 10 to get the number of bytes that this equates to. For typical connection speeds this equates to:
Speed Maximum achievable throughput 28.8Kbps 2.8 K-bytes per second 56Kbps 5.6 K-bytes per second 10Mbps 976 K-bytes per second (almost 1MB a second) 100Mbps 9.5 M-bytes per second (almost 10MB a second)
Actual throughput rates may be less than this because of other factors such as other network traffic.