What is the difference between b/s, mb/s, Mb/s, and kb/s?

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In the Cloud Manager under inbound and outbound traffic, there are four different measurements. What is the difference between them? Is it bits or bytes?

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The lowercase "b" refers to the unit "bits". As opposed to "bytes" which is how data storage is measured, "bits" are how data transfer is measured. Additionally, 1 megabyte is equivalent to 8 megabits.

In order of relative size: mb/s stands for millibits per second, b/s represents bits per second, kb/s stands for kilobits per second, and Mb/s stands for megabits per second. There are 1000 millibits in one bit, 1000 bits in a kilobit, and 1000 kilobits in a megabit.

You can convert bits to bytes and vice versa; the easiest way to do so is to use a calculator such as the one available via Google.


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