Bits, nibbles and bytes

I’ve been talking to some cable providers in the UK recently to sort out a decent connection for when we get back. I’ve been told that a 2 Meg connection should be enough for our needs, but I’m confused by seemingly conflicting data.

Apparently, 2 Meg means 2 megabits per second. Doing online speed tests on my current connection shows anywhere between 750kbps and 5,500kbps.

Meanwhile, hovering over my wireless icon in the little tray down below tells me I have an "excellent" connection, with a speed of 108Mbps. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s the whole upload vs. download speed. It’s a confusing world out there in broadband-land. Can anyone give me a simple overview, and tell me whether I’ll be rocking with my 2 Meg NTL connection?

One of my favourite techie facts is that four bits make a nibble; two nibbles make a byte.


3 Responses to “Bits, nibbles and bytes”

  1. Shanahan on May 15th, 2006 01:47

    Nothing wrong with this. The 108 is from your PC to the router which is naturally faster than your internet connection.

    Now, checkout the BBC making yet another blunder through lack of research. Link

    Gives me warm and fuzzies to know that the British public relies on these nuts for their information.

  2. Dan on May 16th, 2006 07:11

    Yeah, I read about that. Very funny. The guy was a taxi driver waiting for Guy Kewney – genius!

  3. mario on May 16th, 2006 20:58

    Howdy Dogger welcome back – we’ll soon make you forget how bloomin marvilus the US is – of course you cant watch a live game of footie at St James Park in the US after all – oh sorry I was trying to help you forget the good things – Anyhow pardner, I use the 10megathinghie service from NTL and guess what it’s blisteringly fast to download from sites that are blisteringly fast to upload – have a nice day yoo-all

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