How to Calculate Bit Rate

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Bit rate is the number of bits, single pieces of data, transferred over a network at any given moment during the network transfer. There exists an industry disparity between how these numbers are represented. Hard drive and Internet service providers supply network speeds in bits per second while software records transfer speeds in Bytes per second. The ability to convert between these units of measure is important when benchmarking network performance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Record the number of Bytes being transferred per second from the application reporting the information. For example, during a download, Internet Explorer opens a dialogue box that supplies the transfer rate in Bytes per second.

  2. 2

    Divide the number of Bytes per second by 8.

  3. 3

    Divide the result by one million to ascertain the Megabit rate or one thousand for the Kilobit rate per second of the transfer.

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