Re: Where do I sign up? its a protocol not a medium. that is the whole deal.. its marketing fluff from people who you wouldn't expect it from.
| || Anyone who understands how TCP/IP, or other protocol suites work, should easily understand how less overhead can increase transfer speeds. But, for those who don't understand, I'll try to simplify it as much as I can.|
Let's say two people, user A and user B, have 2MBps DSL lines. Here is an example of how user B can download a 100MB file faster than user A, even though both users have 2MBps lines.
1. User A downloads the 100MB file using a network protocol that has 50% overhead. This means that while user A's line has a throughput of 2MBps, user A is only downloading the file at 1Mbps. The other 1Mbps of bandwidth is wasted on protocol overhead. At 1MBps, user A downloads the 100MB file in 100 seconds.
2. User B downloads the 100MB file using a network protocol that has 25% overhead. This means that user B is downloading the file at 1.5MBps. 0.5MBps of bandwidth is wasted on protocol overhead. At 1.5MBps, user B downloads the 100MB file in 66.7 seconds.
If you were able to understand my example above, you can see how decreasing network overhead can speed up data transfers without increasing the bandwidth.
Note: B4 anyone flames me, remember, this is a very simplified explanation. I know the network protocols don't account for 100% of overhead, and yes, I purposely stated line speeds in MBps, not Mbps, for the sake of simplifying the math. I know 2MBps would actually be a 16Mbps line.(Not possible with current DSL technology)