Transmission versus Propagation Delay

This simple applet illustrates one of the most fundamental concepts in computer networking: transmission delay versus propagation delay. Although this concept is discussed in detail in Chapter 1, an "interactive animation speaks a thousand words". You set the length of the link, the packet size, and the transmission speed; the applet shows the packet being sent from sender to receiver.

Note that for many combinations, the head of the packet reaches the receiver before transmission is finished at the sender.

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This applet was designed and coded by David Grangier as part of course work at Eurecom Institute.

Speed of light plus distance, media, and byte options modified by Stuart Kendrick 2011-04-12