Packet Switching

Packet switching is the process of transferring data from one Node to another

There are three main steps that occur in packet switching:
  1. The message that is to be sent from one node is dissasembeled into smaller bits of information, or packets
  2. The Packets then take a route to the destination
    • Note: The Packets may take different Paths and go to different nodes in the network
  3. When all of the packets have arrived the packets are reassembeled into the correct order in order for the Node to read the data

It is important to add that information may be discarded during the process if there is a server overload or an error

A helpful flash animation showing how packet switsching works

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Creadted by: Daniel Gillo
Last modification: 16th december 2010