I need a word which is the functional opposite of "dispatcher" (as a technical device, not as a person). The word needs to be used in a technical, engineering document, so the following are not really the best choices (unless there is nothing better):
- multiplexer: slightly wrong meaning, also properly paired with demultiplexer;
- gatherer: reminds of the Stone Age; related to "hunter" :)
- collector: reminds of debt collectors, the collectors of transistors...
I even searched on the web for "opposite of dispatcher" and I found opposites more suitable to be used in novels and poetry.
The comments helped me understand my question better. So, I will provide some extra information.
The dispatcher is that someone or something that takes requests from one source and distributes these requests to one of the several recipients. Much like the phone operator at a taxi company, working between the customer and the car fleet.
Not the word I am looking for is the someone or something that takes requests from several sources in order to send them (as-is, or transformed / mixed somehow) to one receiver.