Enter the packet size and the transfer rate in the calculator to determine the packets per second. This calculator can also evaluate the packet size or transfer rate if given the other variables.

Packets Per Second Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the Packets Per Second.

  • Where PPS is the packets per second
  • TR is the transfer rate (bytes/second)
  • PS is the packet size (bytes/packet)

To calculate the packets per second, divide the transfer rate in bytes per second by the packet size in bytes.

What is a Packets Per Second?


A packet per second is a unit of measure of data transfer expressed in terms of packets. These packets can be of varying sizes depending on the application.

How to Calculate Packets Per Second?

Example Problem:

The following example outlines the steps and information needed to calculate Packets Per Second.

First, determine the transfer rate. For this example, the transfer rate is 100,000 bytes/second.

Next, determine the packet size. In this case, the packet size is 50 bytes.

Finally, calculate the packets per second using the formula above:


PPS = 100,000 / 50

PPS = 2000 packets per second