Short for Data Access Arrangement, part of a modem��s system for interfacing with a telephone network. The DAA provides the analog circuits that electrically isolate the modem from the phone line, separating the modem from the telephone line��s higher voltage. The FCC requires this feature of any device that connects to the PSTN, including fax machines and set-top boxes, and most manufacturers build modems around an FCC-approved DAA design.
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