I have a fairly n00bish question regarding the practical implications of baudrate upon communication speed. From wikipedia and other sources, bps means bits-per-second. I’ve also learned that it can be interpreted as symbols-per-second, from when one character was one bit (not sure where I got that gem), because baud rate isn’t actually bits-per-second, but more like a synchronization rate.
So, my question is fairly simple: at, say, 9600, does that equate to 9600 characters per second, or 960 (10-bit) characters per second? My brother-in-law is a senior telecoms engineer, so I can ask him for some clarification too.
Ultimately, I’m trying to compare the relative merits and demerits of serial-USB and ethernet transports
And apologies for any glaring errors in these assumptions.