ALL meanings of acoustic coupler

a·cous·tic cou·pler
A a
  • noun acoustic coupler a device converting computer-data signals into acoustic form for transmission down a telephone line, through the handset microphone 3
  • noun Definition of acoustic coupler in Technology (hardware, communications)   A device used to connect a modem to a telephone line via an ordinary handset. The acoustic coupler converts electrical signals from the modem to sound via a loudspeaker, against which the mouthpiece of a telephone handset is placed. The earpiece is placed against a microphone which converts sound to electrical signals which return to the modem. The handset is inserted into a sound-proof box containing the louspeaker and microphone to avoid interference from ambient noise. Acousitic couplers are now rarely used since most modems have a direct electrical connection to the telephone line. This avoids the signal degradation caused by conversion to and from audio. Direct connection is not always possible, and was actually illegal in the United Kingdom before British Telecom was privatised. BT's predecessor, the General Post Office, did not allow subscribers to connect their own equipment to the telephone line. 1
  • noun acoustic coupler a modem designed to connect a telephone handset to a computer terminal or processor. 1
  • noun acoustic coupler An interface device for coupling electrical signals by acoustical means — usually into and out of a telephone instrument. 0
  • noun acoustic coupler A terminal device used to link data terminals and radio sets with the telephone network. 0
Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?