Think of bandwidth like a
freeway.All cars (data) are traveling
at 65 miles and hour, so you would need to make a wider freeway to get more
data through at one time.Megabits are
the cars on the computer freeway.
Since you will often hear of
Megabits per second (Mbps) when talking about Internet speed, let’s say 1 Mbps
is equal to a 1 lane freeway.Now, with
that in mind, let’s say you want to download a picture of your puppy and the
picture is 10 megabits in size.If you
only have a 1-lane freeway, with 1 Mbps, it would take 10 seconds to download
Now let’s say you have a 10-lane
(Mbps) highway and you want to download that same picture.It would only take 1 second. This example shows you the importance of your
Now that you have a grasp on that
idea, the next step up is the Megabyte.The Megabyte is equivalent to 8 megabits.Many people talk about Megabytes and Megabits
as though they are the same.I only make
that distinction so I can show you a few real life examples.
Here are some average downloads
that you regularly do on your computer.
1.A web page =1 Megabyte (8 megabits)
2.An email = 1 Megabyte (8 megabits)
3.A 5 minute YouTube Video = 20 Megabytes
4.30 Minutes of gaming = 3 Megabytes
Hopefully this information gives
you a grasp on Bandwidth.At this point
you may be asking why your computer and connection seems slow.Well, a number of other things affect this
like Connection type, Traffic connection, Bad/Old wires, Equipment, Distance or
a number of other things.