English translation: capable of operating in reverse-channel mode
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German to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase:rückkanalfähig
in terms of cable network access, as in: "ca. 1,8 Mil. rückkanalfähige Anschlüsse." I have been using "reverse channel-capable" but have also seen "return channel-capable." Which is correct and/or what is the difference?
Normally all modern communication networks are bidirectional. The only one I can imagine having this possibility as an option or needing to be mentioned is cable TV. In that case it is probably about the (recent) possibility to return information to the cable company in order to establish statistical data on TV watchers (What they look at, how long, when etc.). This information is then used to fix advertisement prices and also in some cases to charge only for what people look at.
Until recently this return path was a modem and regular reporting through it. The main drawback is that it does not provide instant info.
I would prefer "return channel" or "return path" because "reverse channel" would make people think taht both directions have the same throughput caopabilities (which is not the case in my hypothesis.
my modest experience in that domain
Yves Georges France Local time: 22:00 Native speaker of: French PRO pts in pair: 185
Explanation: The two options (return and reverse) seem to be used more or less interchangeably, sometimes both in the same document or even in the same sentence (see the third ref). There may be a preference in a particular application for one or the other, and I personally would perfer 'reverse-channel' if your context is cable-TV systems being adapted for bi-directional communications (since historically such systems were unidirectional, and the second channel goes in the opposite, or reverse direction -- also, it does not logically return anything, but just allows data communications in the opposite direction).