Baffled by technical jargon when browsing for broadband? We can help you know your bits from your bytes…
What does Bit mean?
A bit is the smallest amount of data (0 or 1) used when describing the transfer speed of data. Not to be confused with bytes!
What does Bandwidth mean?
You will usually hear this referred to in bits per second (bps), megabits per second (Mbps), or even Gigabits per second (Gbps). It refers to the maximum amount of data transmitted during a specific amount of time – one second.
What does Ethernet mean?
This connects routers and internet enabled devices by wire within your home. The connection is more reliable than Wi-Fi and often preferred by
What does Byte mean?
A byte is a unit of data that contains 8 bits. Data storage and file size is usually described in terms of bytes whereas speed of internet is described in bits.
What does Download speed mean?
Like bandwidth, this is the speed at which your connection can receive data FROM the internet. You will see these referred to in Megabits
per second (Mbps) and Gigabits per second (Gbps).
What is Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi is a wireless network technology that uses radio signals to connect internet capable devices to a router which in turn connects to the internet.