MB to Mbps Converter

Use this converter to easily convert between MegaBytes per Second and MegaBits per Second (MB/s and Mbps).

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How many MegaBits per Second in one MegaByte per Second?

Using the binary convention megabyte (MB), there are 8.192 megabits per second (mbps) in 1 megabyte per second (MB/s). Using the SI (International System of Units) standard of the megabyte, there are 8,000 megabits per second in one megabyte per second.

Both of the above answers are correct, depending on the agreed unit convention - the classic and widespread binary system in which units are powers of 2, or the decimal SI convention. According to the former one megabyte is 8,388,608, while according to the latter one megabyte is 8,000,000 bits, hence the difference. When using our MB to mbps converter you can switch to SI mode using the checkbox.

Difference between MB and Mbps

A MegaBit per Second (mbps) is a standard bandwidth measurement metric for network equipment, such as routers, switches and LAN cards, and is equal to 1,000,000 bits per second, or 1,000 kilobits per second. A MB per second (MB/s) is a non-standard metric for network throughput, which is nevertheless often used due to its convenience since most file sizes are in MB, GB, etc. A MB can be defined in one of two ways: using the binary convention and using the SI standard, as described above.

Mbps is often the unit in which your optic, broadband, LAN or DSL connection will be described in. You likely have a 100 megabit LAN card on your computer, meaning its maximum transfer rate is 100 mpbs. There are also 1 gbit (1 gbps bandwidth) and 10 gbit (10 gbps bandwidth) LAN cards as well. Currently the fastest available interfaces reach 160 gbits per second. A typical home connection, on the other hand, is usually between 10 and 200 mbps.

How to convert MegaBytes per Second to MegaBits per Second

The easiest way to convert MB/s to mbps is by using this converter. If you need a step by step solution: it is easiest to first convert each metric to bits per second, then convert back to the needed unit.

For example, let us say you want to esimate how fast your connection needs to be to allow you to transfer 5 MB/s. If it is 5 MB/s SI, then that is 5,000,000 Bytes, and since a Byte is 8 bits, multiply by 8 to get 40,000,000 bits per second (bps). Converting back to mbps requires us to divide by 1,000,000, which gives us 40 mbps. So we need a 40 mbps connections to transfer 5 MB/s (decimal). If we want to measure megabytes in a way that they would appear in Windows and other operating systems, then 1 MB/s = 1,048,576 bytes per second. To convert to bits, multiply by 8: 1,048,576 x 8 = 8,388,608 bits per second. This converts to 8.388 mbps (8,388,608 / 1,000,000). More examples using a simplified calculation below.

MB per second to Mbps conversion example

Sample task: convert 10 MB/s (binary, also MiB/s) to Mbps. Solution:

Formula:
Mbps * 8.388608 = MBps
Calculation:
10 Mbps * 8.3886 = 83.886080 MBps
End result:
10 Mbps is equal to 83.886080 MBps


Sample task: convert 10 MB/s (SI) to Mbps. Solution:

Formula:
Mbps * 8 = MBps
Calculation:
10 Mbps * 8 = 80 MBps
End result:
10 Mbps is equal to 80 MBps

MB/s to Mbps conversion table

MB/s (binary, also MiB/s) to Mbps conversion table
MB/s (binary, also MiB/s) Mbps
1 MB/s 8.388608 Mbps
2 MB/s 16.777216 Mbps
4 MB/s 33.554432 Mbps
8 MB/s 67.108864 Mbps
16 MB/s 134.217728 Mbps
32 MB/s 268.435456 Mbps
64 MB/s 536.870912 Mbps
128 MB/s 1,073.741824 Mbps
256 MB/s 2,147.483648 Mbps
512 MB/s 4,294.967296 Mbps
1,024 MB/s 8,589.934592 Mbps
2,048 MB/s 17,179.869184 Mbps
4,096 MB/s 34,359.738368 Mbps
8,192 MB/s 68,719.476736 Mbps
16,384 MB/s 137,438.953472 Mbps
32,768 MB/s 274,877.906944 Mbps
65,536 MB/s 549,755.813888 Mbps
MB/s (SI) to Mbps conversion table
MB/s (SI) Mbps
1 MB/s 8 Mbps
2 MB/s 16 Mbps
4 MB/s 32 Mbps
8 MB/s 64 Mbps
16 MB/s 128 Mbps
32 MB/s 256 Mbps
64 MB/s 512 Mbps
128 MB/s 1,024 Mbps
256 MB/s 2,048 Mbps
512 MB/s 4,096 Mbps
1,024 MB/s 8,192 Mbps
2,048 MB/s 16,384 Mbps
4,096 MB/s 32,768 Mbps
8,192 MB/s 65,536 Mbps
16,384 MB/s 131,072 Mbps
32,768 MB/s 262,144 Mbps
65,536 MB/s 524,288 Mbps

References:

[1] IEC 60027-2, Second edition, 2000-11, Letter symbols to be used in electrical technology - Part 2: Telecommunications and electronics.

[2] IEC 80000-13:2008, Quantities and units, Part 13: Information science and technology

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Georgiev G.Z., "MB to mbps Converter", [online] Available at: https://www.gigacalculator.com/converters/convert-mb-to-mbps.php URL [Accessed Date: 06 Dec, 2019].