Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fundamental Characteristics of Data Communication

The effectiveness of data communication system depends on four fundamental characteristics:

1. Delivery: the system must deliver data to correct destination. Data must be received by the intended device or user.

2. Accuracy: The system must deliver the data accurately. Data that have been altered in transmission and left uncorrected are unusable.

3. Timeliness: the system must deliver data in a timely manner. Data delivered late are useless.

4. Jitter: jitter refers to the variation in the packet arrival time. It is the uneven delay in the delivery of packets.