Wired drill pipe (WDP) has been used in more than 100 wells worldwide to create a drillstring network that provides high bandwidth communications between the surface and tools deployed in the wellbore. This network operates independently of drilling fluid, enabling communications for the widest range of drilling applications, including drilling with foamed muds. In addition, the network provides real-time memory/wireline-quality data not only from tools in the bottom hole assembly but also from tools that may be arrayed at intermediate points along the drillstring. Real-time data like this improves decision making, opens the door for advanced drilling processes such as automated drilling, and gives visibility to downhole conditions where never before possible. Indeed, the numerous deployments in which wired drillpipe has been used have demonstrated that the network provides significant value to the drilling process in terms of drilling safety, efficiency and performance.