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Local area networks have been used successfully in data processing applications for several years. Recently, there have been several proposals for using these networks in real-time applications such as voice transmission. This project examines, by means of a simulation, the feasibility of using Ethernet for carrying data in real-time environments, and, in particular, studies the effect of channel load on network delay. The simulation described shows that, with appropriately chosen loads, Ethernet can keep within realtime constraints and service every node successfully.