This approach uses a different, more dynamic scheme, to determine the route through the network links. Each packet is treated as an independent entity, and its header contains full information about the destination of the packet. The intermediate nodes examine the header of the packet, and decide to which node to send the packet so that it will reach its destination.


In this method, the packets don't follow a pre-established route, and the intermediate nodes (the routers) don't have pre-defined knowledge of the routes that the packets should be passed through. Packets can follow different routes to the destination, and delivery is not guaranteed. Due to the nature of this method, the packets can reach the destination in a different order than they were sent, thus they must be sorted at the destination to form the original message. This approach is time consuming since every router has to decide where to send each packet. The main implementation of Datagram Switching network is the Internet, which uses the IP network protocol.


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