Definition for DCE and DTE.
Category: General Information
Date Posted: 09/07/12
What is DCE and DTE mean?
DCE is an abbreviation for Data Circuit Terminating Equipment. Carrier equipment, installed at the userís premises that provides all the functions required to
establish, maintain, and terminate a connection, and which provides the signal conversion and coding between the data terminal equipment and the common carrierís line.
DTE is an abbreviation for Data Terminal Equipment. The end-user machine, be it terminal, computer, controller, etc., that plugs into a unit that is the termination
point of a communications circuit (DCE).
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