Kilobits & Kilobytes

Generally, we are in confusion while referring these two terms : Kilobits and Kilobytes. Both (KB & Kb) are the units of storage size of your files in physical devices like Hard disk, CD-DVDs etc. We hope you know the basics of computer data rate units. Most of the time we see Kbps or KBps (Note the difference) while downloading files and documents on internet. They (KB/s & Kb/s) are used to show the download speed or transfer of the bits and bytes per second. Below is the converstion technique of these units:


Kilo-bytes per second = KB/s

Kilo-bits per second = kbps


Your browser reports speeds in kilobytes (or megabytes) per second when you’re downloading or uploading data.


1 kbps = 1024 bps (Bits per second)

1 KB/s = 1024 B/s (Byte per second)

1B (Byte)  = 8 b (Bit)


From above relation, we get this :


1 KB/s = 8.192 kbps
1 kbps = .1221 KB/s


Do some math to find the relation between KB (Kilobyte) &  Mb (Megabit)…!

Your browser reports speeds in KB/s, so if you see 500KB in your browser, your speed is 4096 kbps or 4.096 Mbps (megabits per second).

Now converting the speed show by your browser i.e KiloBytes to Megabits and converting Megabits to Kilobits gives you the bandwidth of your internet in Unit usually claimed by your ISP usually Kbps.

Ok, That’s Stats was for Nerds….!

For rest of you, simply divide your internet bandwidth by 8, you get your approximate download speed.

Click the link below to see the conversion table & Check your internet bandwidth from download speed :

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