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This paper presents a dynamic study about the influences of ac generators (induction and synchronous machines) and distribution static synchronous compensator (DSTATCOM) devices on the dynamic behavior of distribution networks. The performance of a DSTATCOM as a voltage controller or a power factor controller is analyzed. The impacts of these controllers on the stability and protection system of distribution networks with distributed generators are determined. Computer simulation results show that a DSTATCOM voltage controller can improve the stability performance of induction generators significantly. On the other hand, a DSTATCOM power factor controller may adversely affect the stability performance of synchronous generators. It has also been observed that a DSTATCOM has no influence on short-circuit currents provided by ac generators during faults.