Concentrator


Concentrator

In telecommunication, the term concentrator has the following meanings:

  1. In data transmission, a functional unit that permits a common path to handle more data sources than there are channels currently available within the path. A concentrator usually provides communication capability between many low-speed, usually asynchronous channels and one or more high-speed, usually synchronous channels. Usually different speeds, codes, and protocols can be accommodated on the low-speed side. The low-speed channels usually operate in contention and require buffering.[1]
  2. A device that connects a number of links with only one destination, the main function of this device is to make a kind of load balancing between two or more servers connected together, data distribution is done according to the server processing rate.[1]
  3. A patch panel or other component in the cable plant where cable runs converge.[citation needed]
  4. ISP usually use concentrators to enable modem dialing, this kind of concentrator is sometimes called a modem concentrator or a remote access concentrator.[citation needed]

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References

 This article incorporates public domain material from the General Services Administration document "Federal Standard 1037C" (in support of MIL-STD-188).