Bit stuffing

Updated: 10/30/2017 by Computer Hope

bit paddingAlternatively referred to as bit padding, bit stuffing is the practice of adding extra information (bits) to a network or telecommunications data stream transmission. Bit stuffing may be done for any of the following reasons.

Reasons for bit stuffing

  • Create an information packet that matches an expected length.
  • Make sure network equipment configured to interpret or forward information that matches a particular length handles the packet correctly.
  • Keep the appearance of a continuous stream of data flowing since some telecommunications equipment require a constant flow of data.

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