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Is there a minimum packet size?

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Dear Experts

In the context, of dial-up modem access, is there a minimum packet size? E.g., would ten .1K files take the same time to download as one 1K file (ignoring the overhead associated with addressing ten files as opposed to one file).

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the minimum ip packet size is 64 bytes (excluding preamble), if the packet you are sending is smaller than that size padding is used which is basically a series of bits to fill up the packet to the min size. Your example uses kilobites way over the min and max packet size, but in the case of being under the min size, yes it would take longer to transmit 10 7byte packets than one 70byte packet.
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