confusion regarding internet speeds

February 12, 2013 at 19:11:01
Specs: Windows Vista
Comcast says one internet package is 20 mb
and a differant one is 6 mbps
They want to confuse you to think one is faster

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#1
February 12, 2013 at 19:23:34
What's confusing about it?

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#2
February 12, 2013 at 20:15:14
What is confusing. They offer different maximum speeds at different pricing.
Try your cable company. Your phone company.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
February 12, 2013 at 22:22:16
There no confusion. Everything is crystal clear. They are giving two different services on two different prices.

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#4
February 13, 2013 at 21:05:44
MB is storage
Mbps is speed
They should give speed for the internet when comparing packages.
Not airplanes and boxes

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#5
February 14, 2013 at 07:51:50
First of all, let's use the correct nomenclature. The word you want is bandwidth not "speed"

Speed is used to measure how fast an object (like a car, train, or plane) is moving.

Bandwidth is the measure of how much data can travel past any one point in a network in one second. Ergo the "ps" (per second) at the end of the acronym. Bandwidth is commonly measured in "MBps" (MegaBytes per second), "Mbps" (Megabits per second), and "kbps" (kilobits per second).

The "speed" of a transmission media (copper, fiber, etc) is the same. Which is to say, the packets travel across the media at the same speed all the time. What changes is how much data can be moved.

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I have no idea if you're relating what comcast has to say correctly but people often just say "Mb" or "MB" when referring to network bandwidth because it's a given the "ps" is there. However, without seeing what comcast itself wrote, I have no idea of the context it was used in and whether or not they meant storage or bandwidth.

If you have questions about what comcast is offering, the smart thing to do would be to contact them directly and ask.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
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#6
February 14, 2013 at 10:10:33
iT'S NOT a given.
The megabyte (abbreviated as Mbyte or MB) is a multiple of the unit byte for digital information storage or transmission
Online services and networking hardware are labeled and advertised as offering speeds in megabits or megabytes per second.
These are data transfer rate measurements. They are used to talk about how fast data is being moved from one location to another,
• such as between networked computers or from a computer to the Internet
The lowercase "b" means “bit, One byte is worth 8 bits. Therefore,
• 1 Mb is one-eigth the size of 1 MB

• An uppercase "B" means “byte. One byte is worth 8 bits.

• Therefore, 1 Mb is one-eigth the size of 1 MB
One pkg offers speeds of 20MB
One pkg offers 16Mbps
That's confusing. Some people think, o, maybe they forgot the ps or caps don't mean anything.


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#7
February 14, 2013 at 10:41:13
iT'S NOT a given.

If I, or any other network person like me, is talking about bandwidth and he/she says, "megabytes" or "megabits" then yes, it's a given that the "ps" is there because we're talking about bandwidth. I'm guessing that since you're a layman, you wouldn't necessarily understand that.

One pkg offers speeds of 20MB
One pkg offers 16Mbps
That's confusing. Some people think, o, maybe they forgot the ps or caps don't mean anything.

I suspect most laymen wouldn't notice the differences. I personally don't understand why anybody with a grain of sense would give one rating in MB and the other in Mb. However, it could be just a typo on the part of whomever was doing the web page. Perhaps both are supposed to be one, or the other. What I do know for sure is, the norm is to use megabits per second, not megabytes when rating bandwidth. At least, I tend to think in terms of Mb's

What I do know for sure is, if you have a question about that, you should be calling comcast (as I said in my previous response) and not asking us in here. We dont' work for comcast and can't explain why they posted one as Mb and the other as MB.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#8
February 14, 2013 at 10:48:24
Does not appear they are trying to confuse anyone.

http://www.comcast.com/shop/xfinity...

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