Definition

jitter buffer

In voice over IP (VoIP), a jitter buffer is a shared data area where voice packets can be collected, stored, and sent to the voice processor in evenly spaced intervals. Variations in packet arrival time, called jitter, can occur because of network congestion, timing drift, or route changes. The jitter buffer, which is located at the receiving end of the voice connection, intentionally delays the arriving packets so that the end user experiences a clear connection with very little sound distortion. There are two kinds of jitter buffers, static and dynamic. A static jitter buffer is hardware-based and is configured by the manufacturer. A dynamic jitter buffer is software-based and can be configured by the network administrator to adapt to changes in the network's delay.

This was last updated in March 2008
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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