Originally Posted by AMacdonald
144Mb is the speed that your computer can talk to others on your home network. It's your wireless connection speed. Your broadband speed is 3Mb so that's the speed at which you can talk to computers on the other end of the broadband connection, ie everywhere else.
then there is the who bit to byte conversion since internet speeds are sold in bit's and the actual download speed on your PC shows as bytes. so 1 byte = 8 bits, on lower speed the simple math is to divide your internet speed by 10 due to various overheads and other stuff.
so if you only pay for 3meg internet you should be seeing downloads of roughly 300kb or 384kb on a good day, the 144 is just the speed of your home network, so if you had two computers on your network you could transfer files between them at roughly 18meg, but once you go to the internet unless you are paying a fortune for internet your speeds will drop dramatically, more so considering the worldwide average for internet is only around 10meg, so to assume a 144meg line you would probably be in the top 1%, hell at 80meg the speed test ratings places me in the top 2%.