BigYellowSM
 Find Businesses
 Find People
 Find E-Mail
 Global Directories
 The Directory Store
 Web Search
 WebKit
 New Contest

BigTopicsSM
 Arts & Entertainment
 Automotive
 Computers
 Dining
 Education
 Health & Fitness
 Home Improvement
 Lawyers
 Money
 Real Estate
 Shopping
 Travel

BizGuide
 The BizGuru
 Home Office
 Technology/Web

Advertise
 Advertising Options
 Create Your Website
 Link An Existing Site
 Banner Ads
 Review Your Portfolio
 Why BigYellow?

E-Mail BigYellow
 Help
 FAQs
Arrow Search by Word or Phrase
Arrow ... or Search by Category
Grow your revenue stream!

Definition Links Links rule
bit stuffing
Last modified: June 25, 1998

The practice of adding bits to a stream of data. Bit stuffing is required by many network and communications protocols for the following reasons:

  • To prevent data being interpreted as control information. For example, many frame-based protocols, such as X.25, signal the beginning and end of a frame with six consecutive 1 bits. Therefore, if the actual data being transmitted has six 1 bits in a row, a zero is inserted after the first 5 so that the dat is not interpreted as a frame delimiter. Of course, on the receiving end, the stuffed bits must be discarded.
  • For protocols that require a fixed-size frame, bits are sometimes inserted to make the frame size equal to this set size.
  • For protocols that required a continuous stream of data, zero bits are sometimes inserted to ensure that the stream is not broken.
  • See Also
    bit
    protocol

    Links Links Links rule

    Legend

    Sorry, no links for this term yet.


    Links Links Links rule

    Feedback

    Copyright 1998 Mecklermedia Corporation.
    All Rights Reserved. Legal Notices.