When understanding internet speeds and how they work, it’s helpful to arm yourself with some handy definitions:
- Bandwidth – It measures the total number of frequencies, or capacity, a network connection can handle at a given span of time.
Higher the bandwidth, faster your internet speed will be.
- Broadband – It tells the speed of our internet connection.
- Bit – As we all know, internet speed is measured in bits per second (bps), which is the smallest unit of
computer information, so we’ll often see internet speeds referred to as megabits per second (Mbps).
- Byte – 1 byte = 8 bits. Bytes is used to refer to how much memory is available or being transferred.
- Download – It tells us how quickly the information from the external sources are received by our router.
- Latency – It tells us about the delay caused in data transfer, informing us how fast data gets transferred
from a source to its destination.
- Mbps – It stands for “Megabits per second” which means how we gauge internet speeds.
The number in Mbps represents the bandwidth of an internet connection, which is how much data can be transferred each
- MBps – It stands for “Megabytes per second” which measures the file size when talking about how much data can
be transferred each second. We might also see this figure represented as MB.