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There are about 15 internet users in my office, and we all download emails into Outlook as we use a hosted exchange service. Last week, I signed up for 22Mbps internet with Comcast. When I download, IE or Firefox shows an average of 2Mbps speed. Is this normal?
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Could be.  It also depends on what limits the hosted exchange server has on it's end.
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In order to get a feel of the speed of my downloads, I downloaded iTunes (about 71MB), using IE and Firefox. During download, both browsers display real time speed for that particular download.
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"22Mbps" is 22 mega BITS per second while the download display is 2 mega BYTES per second.  Since there are 8 BITS to 1 BYTE, that's about right, most people wish their connection was that fast.
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Speedtest.net shows 22Mb/s down and 5Mb/s up. When I download the iTunes installation file from apple website (about 71 megabytes) it takes about 3 minutes. Shouldn't it take less than a minute?
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by:bobox00
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I typed the wrong unit earlier. I'm subscribed to 22 megabytes download.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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No, it's 22 mega BITS, I looked it up.  22 megabytes per second is over 200 meg BITS per second and the fastest Internet service I can find is only 50 megabits per second.  My local ISP and Comcast both offer that but it's $200 plus per month.
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Are you sure?  Most internet speeds are quoted as bits per second, not bytes per second.
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And Cox has turned to mostly quoting "up to xx Mbps" (using a burst speed) but the "guaranteed" speed is about half that when you take out the burst.
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You guys are right. I had it all wrong. Thanks for the correction.
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Thanks for all comments.
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