What benefits are gained from the Protocol which is used to address the LonWorks Network?
The LonTalk protocol utilizes information in the protocol and message headers to predict message traffic and dynamically increase or decrease the number of randomization slots.
This means that as traffic increases, the number of slots increases, and as traffic decreases, the number of slots decreases. When traffic increases, the probability of two or more devices picking the same randomization slot remains low.
This feature gives LonTalk protocol statistically less than a 4% collision rate even at 100% bandwidth utilization. This means that collisions will increase as traffic increases but only marginally and that the network will continue to operate and deliver message.