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concentrator (CON)

A concentrator or data concentrator (DKZ) is a device that concentrates the connecting lines of many terminal devices into a few, typically a multiplexer or hub

. The concentrator reduces the number of transmission lines because it generally forms the starting point of a star topology. Terminal equipment, LAN segments

, or rings can be directly connected to it. The concentratorincreases the connection capacity of a transmission line and enables traffic load balancing, if necessary by means of intermediate storage.

Depending on the area of application, a distinction is made between working group hubs, department hubs or company hubs and those used in distribution rooms and in the network centre.

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Updated at: 07.08.2011
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