Of Bandwidth and Kilobytes. . . .
I connect to the internet with my 56k modem,
why can I only ever download a few Kilobytes a second?
Bits versus Bytes. Telephone modems max out at 56k per second, that's actually 56 kilobits per second, not Kilobytes per second. There are 8 bits in a byte and a thousand bytes in a Kilobyte. When you connect to your ISP, your connection speed is listed in kilobits. However, when you are downloading a file, the download speed is listed in Kilobytes. So, next time you connect to your ISP, take note of the connection speed, divide that number by 8, and that should be your maximum download speed in Kilobytes! WHEW!!
What is the relationship between my download speed and a picture's file size?
Obviously, a picture will take longer to download if it's file size is larger, but I'll spell it out:
What's the bottom line?
Get a cable modem if you can. Cable modems BLAZE! :-)