Difference Between Similar Terms and Objects

Difference Between CSMA CA and CSMA CD


Carrier Sense Multiple Access or CSMA is a Media Access Control (MAC) protocol that is used to control the flow of data in a transmission media so that packets do not get lost and data integrity is maintained. There are two modifications to CSMA, the CSMA CD (Collision Detection) and CSMA CA (Collision Avoidance), each having its own strengths.

CSMA operates by sensing the state of the medium in order to prevent or recover from a collision. A collision happens when two transmitters transmit at the same time. The data gets scrambled, and the receivers would not be able to discern one from the other thereby causing the information to get lost. The lost information needs to be resent so that the receiver will get it.

CSMA CD operates by detecting the occurrence of a collision. Once a collision is detected, CSMA CD immediately terminates the transmission so that the transmitter does not have to waste a lot of time in continuing. The last information can be retransmitted. In comparison, CSMA CA does not deal with the recovery after a collision. What it does is to check whether the medium is in use. If it is busy, then the transmitter waits until it is idle before it starts transmitting. This effectively minimizes the possibility of collisions and makes more efficient use of the medium.

Another difference between CSMA CD and CSMA CA is where they are typically used. CSMA CD is used mostly in wired installations because it is possible to detect whether a collision has occurred. With wireless installations, it is not possible for the transmitter to detect whether a collision has occurred or not. That is why wireless installations often use CSMA CA instead of CSMA CD.

Most people do not really have to deal with access control protocols as they work behind the scenes in order for our devices to work together. CSMA CD has also fallen out of favor with modern wired networks as they were only necessary with hubs and not with modern switches that route the information instead of broadcasting it.


1.CSMA CD takes effect after a collision while CSMA CA takes effect before a collision.
2.CSMA CA reduces the possibility of a collision while CSMA CD only minimizes the recovery time.
3.CSMA CD is typically used in wired networks while CSMA CA is used in wireless networks.

Sharing is caring!

Search DifferenceBetween.net :

Email This Post Email This Post : If you like this article or our site. Please spread the word. Share it with your friends/family.


  1. Very Well Explained… Thanks

  2. such a great explanation! Thanks a lot.

  3. Thank you for explaining in effective way

  4. Good explanation! Thanks .

  5. powerful explanation … I’ve pass with it.. thanks!

  6. I dont usually post anywhere, but this was so well written that I had to. There is no site explaining CSMA/CD and CA better than here. THANK YOU SO MUCH

  7. Thnku so much fo xplaining in a perfect way, which is much better to catch.

  8. Thnku so much fo xplaining in a proper way.. Much better to catch.

  9. Oooooh very well explained,,
    And am now able to make differences between them,,,,,,,

    Thanks a lot my bless you much,,,,,,

  10. Thanks for taking time to put this together. It is crystal clear to me now.

  11. Thank you. The only thing beer than the article is the wholly positive response it has received in the comments section. Both rare treats.

  12. Thank you so much. I now understand the difference between those two technologies.

  13. Nice it has helped me to answer my assignment for assessment

  14. The article is really very much helpful to understand about CSMA,CSMA CA & CSMA CD.

  15. thank you for the well-explained information that has to help me in my assignment.

Leave a Response

Please note: comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.

Articles on DifferenceBetween.net are general information, and are not intended to substitute for professional advice. The information is "AS IS", "WITH ALL FAULTS". User assumes all risk of use, damage, or injury. You agree that we have no liability for any damages.

See more about :
Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Finder