Computer Basics: Measuring Data Speed


Data speed and data size are measured differently.

In this video, we cover how data speed is measured.

Let's talk about data speed.

Data speed, unlike data size, is usually measured in bits per second, whereas data size is usually measured in bytes.

Once we start talking exponentially, that makes a really big difference.

How we talk about speed really depends on what we're talking about.

In audio download, we talk about kilobits per second.

In internet, we use megabits per second.

In network speed, we talk about gigabits per second (one billion bits per second!).

The main takeaway here is that speed is usually measured in bits per second and size is measured in bytes.

Additionally, if you have an internet speed that says however many bits per second, keep in mind they are talking about something 8 times less than bytes, how you are thinking about data.