multipoint connection

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A connection of a number of terminals in parallel, analogous to a multidrop connection. Sometimes the terms are used synonymously, although multidrop strictly implies that the connections are all served from a common connection point (node), whereas multipoint implies that connections are made through a series of (analog) bridging connections where some or all of the terminals are served by different common carrier offices interconnected by communication trunks.

Subjects: Computing.

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