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Data terminal equipment

(also DTE)

Data terminal equipment definition

Data terminal equipment (DTE) is a device responsible for initiating, sustaining, and concluding communication sessions across a network. To transmit data, DTE collaborates with data circuit-terminating equipment (DCE). The DCE primarily provides the clocking and synchronization signals crucial for proper communication in this collaboration.

See also: mesh node, logical topology

Data terminal equipment examples

  • Personal computers: Used by individuals to access the internet, run applications, and communicate with other devices.
  • Routers: Networking devices that forward data packets between computer networks, connecting multiple devices to the internet.
  • Printers: Peripheral devices that convert digital data into a printed format, often connected to computers or networks.

DTE and DCE comparison

Data terminal equipment (DTE) is an end-user device that sends or receives data, while data circuit-terminating equipment (DCE) facilitates data transmission between DTEs by providing the necessary network interface. DTEs initiate and terminate communication sessions, whereas DCEs handle tasks such as error checking, data conversion, and signal modulation.

Data terminal equipment tips

  • Ensure compatibility: When setting up a network, make sure that your DTE devices are compatible with the corresponding DCE devices.
  • Use high-quality cables: Choose reliable, high-quality cables to connect your DTE and DCE devices for optimal data transmission.