Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WAN serial connection

For a Cisco router, physical connectivity at the customer site is provided by one of two types of serial connections. The first type is a 60-pin connector. The second is a more compact ‘smart serial’ connector. The provider connector will vary depending on the type of service equipment.
If the connection is made directly to a service provider, or a device that provides signal clocking such as a channel/data service unit (CSU/DSU), the router will be a data terminal equipment (DTE) and use a DTE serial cable. Typically this is the case. However, there are occasions where the local router is required to provide the clocking rate and therefore will use a data communications equipment (DCE) cable.

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