How do I figure out how long it will take to transfer a 2 gig file over a 56k connection?

by on September 28, 2011

Q: i got a 2gb file i want to transfer it at 56 kbps (bits) what is the transfer rate. and how do i get to that what is the formula


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    1 byte = 8 bits
    Giga means 1,000,000,000
    Kilo means 1,000

    So first we convert 2Gigabytes to 2 Kilobits

    2 Gigabytes * 8 = 16 Gigabits
    16 Gigabits * 1,000,000,000 = 16,000,000,000 bits
    16,000,000,000 bits / 1,000 = 16,000,000 kilobits

    Assuming you were able to actually transmit at 56 kilobits per second the formula would be:

    16,000,000kilobits / 56kbps = 285,714 seconds

    Then to get it to some meaningful time measurement:
    285,714 seconds / 60 = 4761.9 minutes

    4761.9 minutes / 60 = 79 hours
    79 hours / 24 = 3.3 days

    So your final answer would be 3.3 days.

    Now if you’re on a 56k modem, the upload speed is at BEST 33.6kbps. Which comes out to about 5.5 days.

    Your best option here is to burn the file to a DVD and stick it in the mail. It will be a lot faster!