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A piece of a message transmitted over a packet-switching network. See under packet switching. One of the key features of a packet is that it contains the destination address in addition to the data. In IP networks, packets are often called datagrams.



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  Tracing packet activity on a WAN
Contains diagrams that trace packet activity on a WAN between two computers and explains a packet's transmission between routers to a destination.

  webTeacher's information on packets
Provides basic information on how information is transferred electronically in packets. Introduces routers, gateways, and uses an analogy of the post office system.

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