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Niu is an island nation near Tuvalu.


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See what happens when you innocently post a wide-open question? laugh


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The magic jack...cause that is what it is when it works.


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* “Remote Card” ... Hey it’s the “remote end” from THIS side of the demarc. :p

NCTE (Network Channel Terminating Equipment)

On the term “Smart Jack” that term, actually goes back to analog data circuits and was a specific model offer by Westell, Inc... Seems the term has long ago been taken over for the generic telco termination device.


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Sorta like any 8P8C plug or jack is referred to as RJ45. Data, specific LEC Modem Jack, even alarm jack. (That is actually RJ31X) Or Kleenex (actually copyrighted) for tissue paper 'snot rag'.


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* “Remote Card” ... Hey it’s the “remote end” from THIS side of the demarc. :p

NCTE (Network Channel Terminating Equipment)

On the term “Smart Jack” that term, actually goes back to analog data circuits and was a specific model offer by Westell, Inc... Seems the term has long ago been taken over for the generic telco termination device.
A marketing ploy, no doubt, since everyone knew everything prior to that was a "Dumb Jack". laugh

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The acronym Network Interface Unit or Network Interface Device started popping up with the advent of digital ciruits, 56k and above to the T1 level.

Smart jacks were the generation of Analog Network Channel Terminating Equipment that could be used to check the local loop by sending analog frequencies to the smart jack who would cause it to run a 3 tone slope and other tests eliminating the need for a technician going "box to box" with a tester. Before that the old were not called smart jacks but mostly carried the nickname "829" after the old Bell System analog terminating equipment and always were technician optioned and tested.

The term NCTE came about because a "Channel" is defined as the circuit that goes between the customer at one end and the customer at the other end through the Telco facilities or "Network" and is "Terminated" at the customer locations in "Equipment" owned by the Telco. It originally meant the equipment housing holding the 829, smart jack or NIU but kind of got lost in our fast paced telephone world and now means the entire Telco owned equipment at the customer location.


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NIU is what the letters say on the front of the LEC equipment that drops our T1s. You are all correct, they will refer to them as anything BUT an NIU.

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