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The delay of a network specifies how long it takes for a bit of data to travel across the network from one computer to another.

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Delay is measured in seconds or fractions of seconds. Delay may differ slightly, depending on the location of the specific pair of computers that communicate.

There is a certain minimum level of delay that will be experienced due to the time it takes to transmit a packet serially through a link. Onto this is added a more variable level of delay due to network congestion. IP network delays can range from just a few milliseconds to several hundred milliseconds.

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