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Testing bandwidth

We've been told that the building in which we're planning to move to has an Internet connection of 2Mb. What does that mean? Wouldn't that be affected by the number of user? How can I test the real speed of this connection?
Bandwidth is used to measure how fast data flows on a given transmission path. Bandwidth is similar to the capacity of a pipe used to transport water, natural gas, or oil. The size of the pipe determines how much information your network media can carry and how quickly it can carry it. The larger the pipe the more data the system can carry, as well as the greater the cost. The line you asked about above will always have a 2 MB maximum bandwidth, that is the maximum amount of data that can be transmitted within a specific time.

Surf over to bandwidthplace to measure the speed of your connection.

This was last published in December 2002

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