Dec 7, 2009

Just Ask The Blog Guy

Q :( Please explain bandwith and why it's important?

A ): Bandwith sometimes called digital bandwith or network bandwith is a measure of available consumed data expressed in 'bits.'
Bandwith usually refers to capacity used or available capacity.
In website hosting, the term "bandwidth" is often incorrectly used to describe the amount of data transferred to or from the website or server within a prescribed period of time, for example bandwidth consumption accumulated over a month measured in Gigabyte per month. The more accurate phrase used for this meaning of a maximum amount of data transfer each month or given period is monthly data transfer.
Internet Connection Bandwidths vary....
Some examples are:
56 kbits Modem / Dial-up Speed
+/- 1.5 Mbits ADSL and T1 Connection Speed
+/- 3.5 Mbits Cable Modem Connection Speed (most common used in USA)
45 Mbits T3 Connection Speed

The reason this becomes important is that if too many people are using high speed bandwith it clutters up the networks and slows everything down for others to use. Movies and videos along with some types of music are the primary culprits of bandwith problems known as 'hogs.'
This doesn't just effect computers and the Internet it also effects things like cellphones, and other electronic devices used in communication.
Bandwith metric decimal units, where:
1 byte = 8 bits
1 kbit = 1,000 bits
1 Mbit = 1,000,000 bits
1 Gbit = 1,000,000,000 bits
1 kB = 1,000 bytes
1 MB = 1,000,000 bytes
1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes
1 TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes

I hope this was helpful.
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