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 07-31-2007, 12:10 PM #1 neocontrol Member   Registered: Jul 2005 Posts: 273 Rep: how do i figure out theoretical max bandwidth Hi, I'm just messing around with some numbers, and I was wondering what is my max theoretical bandwidth, if I pushed it for a straight month. So lets say I have a 1Mb/s connection. What is the formula to figure this out? My guess is something like this: 1Mb/s x 60 minutes x 24 hours x 30 days. DOesn't seem right. I understand that it's pretty much impossible to be truly maxed out, as hardware and loss, and such make it impossible. I just want to figure out how much I COULD possibly push through a connection.
 07-31-2007, 12:26 PM #2 pixellany LQ Veteran   Registered: Nov 2005 Location: Annapolis, MD Distribution: Arch/XFCE Posts: 17,802 Rep: 1Mb/s = 1 Megabit/second = 1E6 bits/sec 1E6 bits/sec * 60 secs/min * 60 mins/hr * 24 hrs/day * 30 days/mo = 2.59E12 bits/month (2.59 terabits/month) This of course assumes that the AVERAGE rate over the month is 1Mbit/sec. Now what???
 07-31-2007, 12:36 PM #3 b0uncer LQ Guru   Registered: Aug 2003 Distribution: CentOS, OS X Posts: 5,131 Rep: It's never that. The average speed, even, is probably closer to 3/4 of the maximum speed (or less) than 4/4. Add downtimes, "traffic jams" and so on, and you'll be halving the value. There is no point in calculating that...
 07-31-2007, 12:40 PM #4 neocontrol Member   Registered: Jul 2005 Posts: 273 Original Poster Rep: I understand that that. I was just curious what an IDEAL situation could yield.
 07-31-2007, 02:49 PM #5 Poetics Senior Member   Registered: Jun 2003 Location: California Distribution: Slackware Posts: 1,181 Rep: TCP/IP traffic generally uses up to 13% overhead, so you might want to include that in your calculations.

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