Communications - Broadband and Wireless
Broadband and wireless jargon is a very new area of jargon that has evolved only in the last 5 years.
It is so new that it is estimated that a new phrase is added to the broadband and wireless jargon every
Wireless jargon is expanding as are the networks building the wireless systems so keeping up with the
wireless jargon is vital as soon every home will become wireless enabled.
Broadband jargon is set to consolidate in general until the next phase of digital communications
and software evolve for even faster data transfer rates.
Broadband and wireless jargon is here to stay - that is until we each have our own teleporter
(watch this space).
Broadband and wireless jargon.
Ad-hoc Ad-hoc networking (Also know as peer-to-peer networking) is where 2 wireless Client Adapters connect
to eachother without the need for an Access Point. It is useful for creati...
ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) A version of digital subscriber line technology with a range of
18,000 feet that transmits over a single copper twisted pair cable at upstream rates of 16 to 640 Kbps and
Bluetooth A technology specification for linking portable computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and
mobile phones for short-range transmission of voice and data across a global...
Bridge A device which links two network segments together and provides controlled access between them. It
keeps traffic destined for the local segment local and forwards only traffic...
Broadband Router With only a single IP address on the Internet, all of the computers in your home can be on
the Internet at the same time using a broadband router. Broadband routers use NAT to...
Client Adapter Each computer that you wish to include in your wireless network requires a device known as a
Client Adapter. This device allows that computer to become part of the Wireless ne...
DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol) A utility that enables a server to dynamically assign IP addresses from
a predefined list and limit their time of use so that they can be reassigned.
DNS (Domain Name System) A program that translates URLs to IP addresses by accessing a database maintained
on a collection of Internet servers. The program works behind the scenes to facilitate surfin...
Hotspots Wireless Hotspots are wireless access points that are connected to the the internet and are
available for use by the public. They can often be found in coffee shops, cafes and...
IP (Internet Protocol) Address A string of numbers assigned to each PC on a network. The IP address is used
by the Internet Protocol to locate each device on the network.
LAN (Local Area Network) A system of connecting PCs and other devices within the same physical proximity for
sharing resources, such as an Internet connections, printer, files, and drives.
Packet Data is transmitted over a network in groups or bursts called Packets. Same as single sentance or
phrase in a conversation. A packet will have a header that indicates where it...
PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association) Personal Computer Memory Card International
Association. A standards organization that defines the specifications for and promotes PC Card technology.
Expansion cards now refe...
Switch Used to segment networks into similar subnets, a network switch is a small device that joins multiple
computers together. Network switches look nearly identical to hubs, but ...
TCP/IP The basic communication language or protocol of the Internet. It can also be used as a communications
protocol in a private network (either an intranet or an extranet). When y...
VOIP VOIP, Voice over internet protocol, Voice Over IP, Internet Telephony, Broadband Phonecalls, VOIP
WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol) WEP seeks to establish similar protection to that offered by the wired
network's physical security measures by encrypting data transmitted over the WLAN. Data encryption prote...
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi is a technology that connects computers without using wires and is otherwise known as Wireless
Networking. It allows data to be moved wirelessly between different device...
Wireless Access Point Wireless Access Points (APs or WAPs) are specially configured nodes on wireless local
area networks (WLANs). Access points act as a central transmitter and receiver of WLAN ra...
Wireless Game Adapter A wireless game adaptor is a piece of equipment that allows the user to connect their
Playstation 2, XBox or Gamecube to their wireless network and broadband connection., allo...
Wireless Gateway Wireless Gateway is the term used to describe an all in one unit that provides a wireless
access point, modem, router and often a 4 port switch.
Wireless Router A wireless router is very similar to a normal router but adds a built-in wireless access
point function. This means that all of the computers in your wireless network can acc...
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