Flow control

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Flow control is a mechanism or code that compensates for differences in the flow of data into and out of a communication device, such as a computer modem or network device. Flow control is necessary for data communications because the sending computer may be faster than the receiving computer; sending the data too fast would result in errors or lost data.

Tip: Don't confuse flow control with control flow.

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