People often say ‘megs’ and forget that the word ‘meg’ refers to two very different values. Do they mean megabits or megabytes? Aren’t they the same?
Actually no, there’s a big difference between a bit and a byte. A byte is much bigger — eight times bigger, in fact, with eight bits in every byte. By extension, there are eight megabits in every megabyte, and one gigabyte is eight times bigger than one gigabit.
Let’s take one example, suppose you are downloading one file which has 5 MB (megabyte) size. and your internet download speed is 2.5 Mbps (megabits). so it doesn’t mean that your file will download in 2 seconds. actually, your internet speed is in bits and your file size is in bytes.
- 8 bits = 1 byte
- 1,024 bytes = 1 kilobyte
- 1,024 kilobytes = 1 megabyte
- 1,024 megabytes = 1 gigabyte
- 1,024 gigabytes = 1 terabyte
so your file is 8 times bigger than your internet speed. so if you want to download that file then it will take 2*8= 16 seconds.
How to identify bits and bytes:
bits are represented in a small letter and bytes are represented in a capital letter.
for example : bits —-> Mb (megabit), Kb (kilobit) etc.
bytes –> MB (megabyte), KB (kilobyte) etc.
usually, your internet speed is written in bits. so don’t confuse. and be careful when purchasing broadband or internet connection.
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