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Transfer speeds for FTP software

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Updated May 2, 2017

Overview

This article gives an overview on transfer speeds for FTP software programs.

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In most FTP software programs, transfer speeds are recorded in kilobytes (KB) per second. Most internet connections are measured in kilobits (Kb) per second. One kilobyte equals 8 kilobits. For example, if an ISP has specified a 15000 Kb/s connection, the maximum transfer rate on that connection will not exceed 187 KB/s.

It is common for an ISP to provide different upload and download rates for a connection. A typical home DSL package may have a 1500 Kb download rate and only a 256 Kb upload rate, which causes a significant difference in upload and download speeds.

Bandwidth can also be used by other applications. A network running a web server, mail server, and FTP server will divide the total internet bandwidth between all these services. For example, if a web browser is opened while there are transfers in progress, web browsing and the file transfer will both be slower than normal.

 

 

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