How does ATM differ from existing network technology?

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How does an ATM differ from existing network technology?

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Here’s the definition of ATM from SearchNetworking.

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The big difference is ATM uses fixed length cells rather than the variable size packets most other transports use. This is meant to provide some consistency in delivery. The issue with this though is that it takes a lot of packets/cells to send information.

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  • Sixball
    ATM and Frame Relay are very similar in nature when transmitting traffic. However, FR seems to have become the de facto WAN conenction. Several companies around my area HAD ATM at one point, the moved to FR and then to an Ethernet/Fiber solution...
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  • Davegreen
    All this information is correct however you need to take in consideration that the ATM technologies is very old, and it's better to choose the ethernet technology. Check ethernetadvisor.com for more information regarding switches. BR, Dave
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  • JRITMAN
    Is there anything else other than ATM that has ATM's voice and video transmission advantages but without the greater expense to install?
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  • JRITMAN
    I am an IT novice learning about networking and telecommunications. I'm interested in finding the ideal UC platform. Is there anything out there other than ATM that can provide the large scale usage of voice and video without the normal transmission problems?
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