BPS : Java Glossary

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BPS
BPS (Bits Per Second). This is the speed of a modem. Roughly speaking, divide this number by 10 to get the raw burst speed of the modem in CPS (Characters Per Second). You will often see the term Baud erroneously used as a synonym for BPS. A 1200 BPS modem can send about 120 characters per second, a 2400 BPS, 240 characters. How close to the theoretical speed you achieve depends on your protocol. Zoomit and ZMODEM are very close to 100% efficient. XMODEM can be as low as 10% on packet nets.

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