Latency

  Bonzy 05:57 24 Jan 06
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Hello all. What does latency in a network entail? What exactly does LATENCY mean in networking?

  Diodorus Siculus 08:06 24 Jan 06

What is latency? - A Word Definition From the Webopedia Computer Dictionary
"(1) In general, the period of time that one component in a system is spinning its wheels waiting for another component. Latency, therefore, is wasted time. For example, in accessing data on a disk, latency is defined as the time it takes to position the proper sector under the read/write head.

(2) In networking, the amount of time it takes a packet to travel from source to destination. Together, latency and bandwidth define the speed and capacity of a network."
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  Forum Editor 18:48 24 Jan 06

trying to solve latency problems on a big network - particularly if you have things like bar-code scanners or card readers attached at some point. Those two items are notorious for causing latency problems - as I know only too well.

The explanation given by Diodorus Siculus is a good one.

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