How long will will my data file transfer take?
Use our download calculator to estimate file download or transfer speeds. We offer this tool to assist in determining which connection speed meets your needs. Actual transfer speeds will be slower than these times due to latency. If the results of your file transfer takes hours, you may want to consider looking at T1 line providers available in your city. We serve all 48 continental states and Hawaii.
Measuring the maximum data throughput rate of a communications link is a typical method of performing a measurement of the download / upload rate to transfer a 'large' file and measure the time taken to do so. The throughput is then calculated by dividing the file size by the time to get the throughput in megabits, kilobits, gigabits, terabits or bits per second. Another factor which effects file transfer speeds is latency.If you find this tool useful, we would really appreciate a Like or Share, Thank you for visiting us.
In fact, there are many overheads in transmission that mean the calculated 'effective' throughput does not reflect the true situation. Normally throughput and latency are opposed goals. To improve latency you typically want to increase how much the computer checks to see if you are trying to interact. This checking overhead slows you down. However there is one very common exception to this rule. Network protocols and programs tend to synchronize both ends regularly. If these synchronizations are slow, then throughput can suffer.
Throughput in IT terms, this is the speed at which a computer or network processes data end to end. It therefore is a good measure of absolute performance, and we frequently will see internet connections rated in terms of how many bits they pass per second (bit/s). However it is a lousy measurement of perceived performance, which is mostly based on how quickly it responds to you. Responsiveness has far less to do with throughput than latency.
Latency is a measure of amount of time between the start of an action and its completion, whereas throughput is the total number of such actions in a given amount of time.