NetHandbooks Glossary
Definitions for teachers by teachers

10 MBPS / 100 MBPS Connection

10 MBPS CONNECTION/100 MBPS CONNECTION -MPBS is short for megabits per second, a measure of data transfer speed. Networks, for example, are generally measured in MBPS. 10 and 100 relate to the connection speed, with 10 being slow and 100 being fast.

Here is a guide to 10 MBPS systems - http://www.ots.utexas.edu/ethernet/descript-10quickref.html

and one to 100 MBPS systems - http://www.ots.utexas.edu/ethernet/descript-100quickref.html

by Cynthia Clark

10 Mbps and 100 Mbps Connections refer to the connection speeds with which data is transmitted from one place to another on a network. This is the speed at which your printer talks to the network, and computers talk to one another. Data transfer rates are often measured in Mbps (megabits per second, the Mb referring to 1 million bits). 

 The data transfer rate is limited by the medium the data is traveling on; depending on what type of physical wiring you can get faster data transfer rates.  Ethernet is the most widely-installed wiring standard used in local area networks (LAN).  It's what we saw in the education building in the first wiring closet.  You could find coaxial cable, twisted pair, or even fiber optic cable wiring on an Ethernet LAN. Twisted pair wiring, which is most commonly found on an Ethernet LAN, is just like ordinary telephone wiring.  One type of wiring with twisted pair is referred to as 10Base-T wiring.  It can provide data transfer rates of up to 10 Mbps.  If you want faster data transfer rates within a building a Fast Ethernet LAN provides for data transfer rates up to 100 Mbps.  Fast Ethernet LANS can be implemented with either twisted pair wiring or fiber optic cable.

It used to be more common that 10Mbps connections were used on corporate LANS and that 100Mbps connections were used for outside connections (like connecting a web server to the outside world, or connections between buildings on a campus).   As the demand for data grows, 100Mbps connections are becoming much more common within buildings, and we saw that growth demonstrated by the changes made in the education building.

by Amy Fahey

10 MBPS  and 100 MBPS Connection refer to the speed with which data can be transmitted from one device to another.  Data rates are often measured in megabits (million bits) or megabytes (million bytes) per second.  The following table shows these speeds along with the carrier technology, the physical medium the data is traveling on, and the application.

by Jennifer Haberkorn

NetHandbook Glossary | NetHandbook Home page

Last updated: 31 July 2000