Balun


Definition of Balun in the Network Encyclopedia.

What is BALUN (in networking)?

Stands for bal anced un balanced. BALUN is a device used to connect balanced lines and unbalanced lines. Balanced and unbalanced lines have different electrical characteristics. A balun matches these characteristics by providing impedance transformation between the two different lines.

Balun example
Balun example

Baluns can be used for various types of connections between different wiring systems:

  • Twisted-pair cabling to coaxial cabling: Typically used for connecting 10BaseT networks with 3270 equipment running on coax or twinax networks 
  • Twisted-pair cabling to token ring cabling: Used for matching token ring Type 1 cabling to standard unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cabling to connect 10BaseT or faster hubs or adapters with RJ-45 ports into a token ring network 
  • Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) cabling to token ring cabling: Used for connecting token ring networks to high-speed ATM hubs in campus backbone networks



Editor

Articles posted after being checked by editors.

Recent Content

link to Named Pipe

Named Pipe

Named Pipe is an interprocess communication mechanism that provides reliable, connection-oriented, two-way communication between processes on two computers. Named pipes are one form of client/server...