# Difference between Checksum and CRC

**1. Checksum :****Checksum** is the widely used method for the detection of error in data. This method is more reliable than other methods of detection of errors. This approach uses **Checksum Generator** on Sender side and **Checksum Checker** on Receiver side.

**1. CRC :**

CRC or Cyclic Redundancy Check is the error detection method to detect the errors and this method is used by upper layer protocols. It contains **Polynomial Generator** on both sender and receiver side. The polynomial generator is of the type x^{3}+x^{2}+x+1.

**Difference between checksum and CRC :**

S.No. | Checksum | CRC |
---|---|---|

1. | It is not a thorough concept for detection nd reporting of errors. | CRC is a thorough concept for detection and reporting of errors. |

2. | It is capable of detecting single bit change in the data. | It is capable of detecting double digits errors. |

3. | This method comes after CRC method. | It is the oldest method. |

4. | Errors can be easily computed. | It follows a complex computation method. |

5. | It can compute less number of errors than CRC. | Due to complex computation, it can detect more errors. |

6. | It is based on addition approach. | It is based on hash approach. |

7. | It is widely used in data validation during implementation of software. | It is widely used in analog transmission for data validation. |

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