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Packet switching vs Circuit switching

Compare and contrast packet switching and circuit switching. Which is more commonly used? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

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Circuit Switching requires establishment of connection in the beginning of data transmission.
And, Packet switching divides data into small packets and sends each packet individually.
Circuit switching and packet switching are different in many respects.
1) Circuit Switching requires that a circuit be set up before communication begins. Unlike Circuit switching, Packet switching does not require setting up of circuit in advance for each data transmission.
2) In Circuit Switching, there is only one physical path for all the data transmission because of the connection establishment whereas, there is no dedicated path for the packets sent in Packet Switching.
3) Based on the circuit set up in Circuit Switching, the data arrive in order whereas, in Packet Switching, packets can go out ...

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