In telecommunications, data-transfer rate is the average number of bits (bitrate), characters or symbols (baudrate), or data blocks per unit time passing through a communication path. Common data rates in modern home and office networks are 10 Mbit/s Ethernet, 100 Mbit/s Fast Ethernet and 1 Gbit/s Gigabit Ethernet. Data rates are usually measured in bit/second (or kilobit per second for higher speeds).

For many computer users, Kilobytes per second (KBps) is a more familiar term than bits per second. One KBps equals 8 times as much information as one bps. For example, most broadband Internet connections have download speeds between 500 KBps and 10 MBps—quite a range! In general, the higher the number of Kilobytes you see advertised for an Internet connection service, the faster that service will be able to move information from its source to your computer.

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