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How can a computer attach to a network that sends and receives bits faster than the computers CPU can handle them?

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July 30, 2016 8:21PM

Generally, a network cannot send data faster than a computer's CPU can handle it. Generally, it is the network adapter that limits the speed of the data that is sent. The network adapters transmit control signals used to pace the data, request that data be resent, etc. If the computer is not using the data fast enough, then the network card requests that the other side not send any more data until the local network adapter can accept more data.