Mbps and Kbps are easy to confuse with MB/s and KB/s.

Mbps stands for "megabits per second," and Kbps stands for "kilobitsper second."

On the other hand, MB/s stands for "**megabytes** per second" while KB/s stands for "kilobytes per second."

#### See the variance?

**Bits** and **bytes** are completely different units. Bits are smaller than bytes. In fact, you need eight megabits to complete one megabyte.

And, accordingly, eight kilobits to complete one kilobyte.

**The takeaway here:**

Don't confuse bits with bytes. If you do, you'll throw your calculations off by a lot.

### The Relationship Between Megabits and Kilobits

The "bit" is the base unit.

#### Using Base 10

One megabit is equivalent to 1,000 kilobits (or one million bits) in the base 10 decimal system.

One kilobit is equal to 1,000 bits.

#### Using Base 2

Sometimes you'll see these units in the binary system.

Here one megabit is 1024 kilobits, and one kilobit is 1024 bits.