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Inverse Multiplexing

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Inverse multiplexing is the process of splitting a data stream for transmission over multiple channels, as shown in Figure I-9. At the receiving end, the data is recombined into a single stream. The links may be dial-up or permanent leased lines. Inverse multiplexing provides more bandwidth and can provide bandwidth on demand by establishing additional links when loads increase beyond the capacity of existing links. Inverse multiplexing is the opposite of multiplexing, which combines data streams from multiple sources into a single line. See "Multiplexing and Multiplexers."

Inverse multiplexing solves the problem of trying to figure out how much bandwidth to allocate for MAN or WAN links...

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The topic "Link Aggregation" expands on the topic of aggregating links and sharing loads across multiple links. It discusses trunking techniques as defined by the IEEE 802.3 Link Aggregation Standard. A related topic is "Load Balancing," which discusses aggregation in terms of balancing traffic loads to servers and other networking devices.

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