 # The Difference between Bytes and Bits

#### What’s the Difference between Bytes and Bits?

Bytes and bits may sound the same, but they are so different. Let’s start with some basics.

#### A bit is equal to .125 Bytes.

A Byte is used when referring to storage space and files. Here are some examples:

• A file on your computer
• Your hard drive space. i.e 500GB (Gigabytes)

A bit is used when referring to network and download speeds. Here are some examples:

• You have a Gigabit (1Gbps) network card in your computer.
• Your wireless is connected at 54Mbps.
• Your network switch is 10Gbps or 10 Gigabits
• You purchased 50Mb/s or 50 Megabit per second for internet services from your ISP.

Take note that when Byte is used, it is a capital B. Such as Byte, KB (Kilobyte), MB (Megabyte), GB (Gigabyte), etc.

For a bit, it is proper to use a small b. bit, Kb (Kilobit), Mb (Megabit), Gb (Gigabit), etc.

#### Calculating the Difference between Bytes and Bits

Hopefully, you are still following along. The math is very simple to calculate the values. As mentioned above, 1 Byte = 8 bits, so simply multiply the Byte value by 8 to get the value of the bits. Example: 10MB = 80Mb.

To convert a bit to a Byte, simply divide the number by 8. 80Mb = 10MB.

#### Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this blog gave you some insight into the difference between Bytes and bits. Please note, there are a number of factors that will affect your speed and overall network performance. The figures provided are textbook and do not account for any other factors.

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