There are 8 BITS in a BYTE. Therefore, if your home network is running at 10mbps, that is 10 MegaBITS. When you are transferring files, internet explorer and just about every other program in the world use BYTES to measure speeds. This is why you see the 700KB/s, that is 700 kiloBYTES.

To do the conversion, turn the megabits into kilobits by multiplying by 1024. So, it would be safe approximate that the speed of your home network translates to about 10,240 KiloBITS. Now to transfer to kiloBYTES, you just divide that number by 8. The number you get should be 1,280 which would be 1,280KiloBYTES per second of transfer or roughly 1.2MegaBYTES. Unfortunately because of TCP/IP overhead and various other factors, you will never see that speed.

For a lot of us, we have 1.5mbps(down) ADSL. The fastest speeds I have ever seen on a 1.5mpbs DSL line was 163KB/s, even though if you do the math, the fastest speed should be 192KB/s. I still dont quite understand why they sell bandwith in bits when its measured in bytes, that just tends to throw people off.

In any case,

click here for a matrix that might show you what I am saying a little better.