# Modem speed and "tick"

graham 19:36 09 Jan 03
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graham 19:36 09 Jan 03

I have the tick display programme at the top of my screen. When data is being transferred, the speed varies between 2.8 and 4K/s. How does this equate to a 56K modem, please?

jediknight007 19:39 09 Jan 03

Well, someone else will need to that that KB and Kb thing again since I can't remember. The only thing I remember is that you can only get like speeds of up to 8K/s on a normal 56K modem.

Djohn 19:58 09 Jan 03

graham, I get 4 to 4.5 and consider that to be good on a 56k modem.

graham 20:03 09 Jan 03

I just wondered if there was a chart to relate the two speed things (can't think of the right word!).

Djohn 20:08 09 Jan 03

Yes, I know what you mean! I don't know how accurate my way is, but I just use a factor of 10 to approximate the speed.

IE: 4.5 =4500 and 4.8 = 4800, could be way off line though, :o)

Quiller. 20:09 09 Jan 03

The maths is usually that you divide by 8 so 56 divide 8 = 7kbs.

Now you have to take in either line impedance or distortion, I think, this should drop you at least 1kbs.

You also have to take in to account how many are accessing the site you are downloading from. This will give you the greatest variation. A really heavy site may drop your download to only 1kbs.

My average is 5.2kbs and I am happy with this.

Windows usually allows you 2 downloaded-able channels, can't remember their tech names. But you can have multiple downloads, up to 10 , running at once with a reg tweak.

Of course the downloads will vary in size from say 2kbs to maybe 100bs.

Not very technical and a bit hit and miss, but the underlining facts are there.

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