How fast is a gigabit Internet connection?

How does your Internet connection speed compare that of a Gbps (Gigabit per second) connection like Google Fiber? This video illustrates connection speeds using water.
I drilled holes so the area of the opening is proportional to the speed (1 Gbps = 4 in. diameter; 768 Kbps = 1/8 in. diameter; 4 Mbps = 1/4 in.; 15 Mbps = 1/2 in.; and 50 Mbps = 7/8 in.)

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+4 1. bella1 commented 3 years ago

Well compared to Australia s internet speed there would be no flowing water , just water vapor
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+5 2. Judge-Jake commented 3 years ago

The last bucket also shows how long the connection lasts with BT.:D
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+2 3. ComentAtor commented 3 years ago

no matter how well calculated it is.. great demo! i'm so proud of my 100/100 right now
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+6 4. Abdullah54 commented 3 years ago

Currently having 100Mbit (the slowest and cheapest option my ISP offers) I remember times when it took one minute to download 100KB (14.4k modem) and took almost forever to download those damn 256 color erotic GIFs and later JPEGs from that BBS ;). I could have downloaded cca 4.5MB per 45min session per day.
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+1 5. Dennyboy commented 3 years ago

Anything is better than this though.
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0 6. thundersnow commented 3 years ago

I don't get this video...8-)
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+1 7. buckleg08 commented 3 years ago

thats your A ss in prison when you cant maintain the payments for price of gigabit...:D
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+1 8. Judge-Jake commented 3 years ago

#6 Whats the problem Thunders? The guy with the bucket is trying to explain in a bloody awful almost biblical way how quick your internet speed is, compared to other parts of the world or country. It might not have ever been the case where you live but for example in the UK the speed used to be really slow, often due to old wiring and early technology from the suppliers of the internet (if I'm going too slow here please let me know). The consequence of slow internet speeds is that things took forever to load, if you were watching a video there would be a lot of buffering, where the video would stop and have to wait for more information to arrive down your wires before it would continue, kin nightmare.

So what the guy is trying to demonstrate is how quickly the water is leaving the bucket based on the size of the holes he has made in the bucket, he is comparing that to how much information might be received by your internet connection based on different speeds of your supplier. Imagine the total bucket full of water represents a ten second video, with the smallest hole the information (water) just trickles out so it would take ages for the whole information that makes up the 10 second video to be viewed on your PC. The bigger the hole the more information gets to you and quicker. The biggest hole demonstrates that the information is virtually instant.

In the UK people who live in remote area's often have quite poor internet speeds and some villages actually get together, dig their own trenches and lay their own cables to get faster speeds.

Interestingly When we eventually get nano internet technology the hole will be on the outside of the bucket and we will receive the video before it has even been made. :D
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+1 9. thundersnow commented 3 years ago

#8 Okay, now I get it. You explained it better. My internet speed is usually normal, sometimes slow, but usually only with Facebook. Never sure if it's the internet speed or the laptop. Back in August Facebook was buffering very badly, restarting the laptop and closing open tabs helped. It was so bad that I was super frustrated, then suddenly one day it was normal again. Not sure what caused it though. But since I didn't change anything and it resolved on its own, I assume it wasn't caused by me. 8-)
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0 10. huldu commented 3 years ago

And what will people be doing with 1 gbps? Where I live it's not super expensive(like in other countries) and I know *exactly* what they're using it for. For a regular person like myself I'm perfectly fine with 50 mbps. It's not agonizing slow like a 14.4k modem back in the 80's or later on a 56.6k. I have to admit the jump from a modem to 1 mbps was *insane* but mostly because of the latency which dropped significantly. However the latency from EU to US is still too high. Don't get me started on Australia or China. If anything that has to be solved in the near future.
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+1 11. Judge-Jake commented 3 years ago

#9 Thunders did you understand the nano internet technology part? Cos that's the biggie I could go into more detail if you need me to. :)
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0 12. thundersnow commented 3 years ago

#11 Not really, to be honest, plus it's been months that I have watched and submitted this. Yes please, go into more detail, I'm ready to hear your explanation! :)
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+1 13. ComentAtor commented 3 years ago

Mr. Geekster , yes you, one of two people with a profile photo on snotr.. you said a few days ago :"Activity restored now"
and? where are the videos

i feel like a heroin addict.. i want more! :)

i don't know why i'm here

it seems that i'm becoming my neighbor's wife
he left his wife 4 years ago .. and she taught he'll come back for almost a year?! yeap.. a year?! and then it took at least another year for her to open up herself.. be honest and not defend him in our daily elevator conversation
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0 14. Judge-Jake commented 3 years ago

#12 Okay Thunders, this is going to be tricky and bear in mind this is a little way off yet, best guess about twenty years. With a regular computer (and this is how it's always been) it is basically billions of switches that can be either on or off, you probably knew that. In Nano internet technology the switches can be on or off AT THE SAME TIME!, so a switch that is on can also be off and a switch that is off can also be on and there are trillions of them. Which is seemingly impossible in the world we understand today.

This is mind blowing for internet users because it means that we get into MT Minus Time, which is infinite. MT means that if for example you watch a new episode of something, on line, it's got to be online, lets say for example it's Startrek 15 The Vulcan Ear Flap, doesn't really matter what it is. This is the mind blow bit, as it's MT, before the film finishes you and you alone in your lounge will be able to watch episode 16, 17 or 18 it's infinite remember, even though it hasn't actually been made yet. Now obviously with something like Startrek it won't be an issue with like spoiler alerts as everyone into the series will just watch them all anyway, but it will make life very difficult for some of the smaller budget films that perhaps hadn't intended to make a sequel, as now they will have to and there will be major problems with getting the actors back from say a new project, some of them may even have died in RT real time, which is where CGI will be so useful.

You can also imagine little issues like actors changing their hair styles, growing beards or shaving them off, pregnancy, it's going to be complicated and they are saying that a lot of people will be needed in area like make up and general styling as well as CGI operators. which will be one example of jobs being created from where they are lost due to AI taking over, such as automated transportation and shop work.

I'm just slightly worried that this will just be coming in when I'm too old to experience it, I guess you like me will have to be thankful that our Children and future Grandchildren will be living in an amazing if not complicated new world. Goodness knows what your isp will be charging for this, but I guess like everything it will come down after a few years and be in everyone's homes like the regular internet today. Hope that went some way to explaining it for you, as Spock said "Live long and prosper"<3
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0 15. thundersnow commented 3 years ago

#14, I appreciate your explanation, and I read it several times, but you lost me in the second paragraph, I assume you weren't going into joking mode. You did find me again in the last two paragraphs. I do agree with you, that future generations will encounter a complicated but also exciting new world in regard to electronic advancement. I, like you, do not condemn the future either, as some people from our generation are doing. Have a good start into your Monday! :* <3
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+1 16. Judge-Jake commented 3 years ago

#15 I'm glad you at least got the first, third and forth paragraph, the second really does take some thinking about I realise that. Maybe explain it to a few people at work, I'm sure some of the guys will already know about it and might be able to explain it better than me. I'm by no means an expert.

Have a good Monday too <3
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0 17. thundersnow commented 3 years ago

Yes, #16, that's a good idea, you are explaining it well, it's me not getting it, but hearing it from different angles might eventually help. Thanks for trying. <3

Have a good Tuesday!