Saturday, March 12, 2011

How fast is the internet?

Did you all know that a bit can travel approximately 2,118.33 miles in one second on a 1 Gbps network? That's 8" per nanosecond (10,000,000,000th of a second or 10^-9 seconds). 8^9 is the amount of inches in 2,118.33 miles.

An ethernet speed of 1 Gbps is equal to one bit time (1 nanosecond (ns)). 

At 10 Mbps, bit time is 100. It is 10 at 100 Mbps, and .1 at 10 Gbps. 

That means that on a 10 Gbps network, a bit could travel 21,183.3 miles in one second.

 (None of this applies if I did the math wrong...)

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