data communications equipment
the devices and connections of a communications network that comprise the network end of the user to network interface. The DCE provides a physical connection to the network, forwards traffic, and provides a clocking signal used to synchronize data transmission between DCE and DTE devices. Modems and interface cards are examples of DCE. Compare to DTE data termianl equipment devices at the user end of a user-network interface that serves as a data source, destination or both. DTE connects to a data network through a DCE device and typically uses clocking signals generated by the DCE. DTE includes such devices as computers, protocols translators, and multiplexers.