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Broadband & Wireless Glossary

We have created a list of popular wireless and broadband terms to help you cut through the jargon.

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 creating a network community quickly and is often of a temporary nature, such as ...
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 downstream rates of 1.5 to 9 Mbps. This technology is used by BT for its broadb...
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 radio frequency band without the need for cables or wires. Bluetooth is a ...
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 destined for the remote segment
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 act as a rudimentary firewall by masking the true IP address of our comput...
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 network and to share the resources of that Network such as data files and Bro...
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.
DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)
The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), (formerly: Digital Home Working Group), is an international, cross-industry collaboration of consumer electronics, computing industry and mobile device companies.
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 surfing the Web with names versus numeric addresses.
High Definition TV
High definition is the latest and best screen standard for television. It comes in three different flavors: 720p, 1080i and 1080p. This can be confusing. What do these standards actually mean? High definition programs are encoded with a type of r...
Home Automation
Home Automation is a term used to describe hardware that is designed to automate tasks around the house, such as controlling the lighting, the curtains or even the kettle. Home Entertainment Systems are often integrated into a Home Automation solutio...
Hosted PBX
A hosted PBX is a Private Branch exchange that is installed on a server, usually located in a data centre. The hosted PBX could also be described as an IP PBX as the telephony is provided over an IP network. The hosted IP PBX provides telephone servi...
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 hotels although there are an increasing number appearing in pubs, public p...
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.
IP Cameras
IP Cameras are cameras which connect to a network to allow viewing and recording from computers on the network and also over the internet. We supply wired and wireless cameras from Panasonic, Axis and Linksys.
An IP PBX is a Private Branch eXchange that works over an IP network. The PBX could also be described as a Hosted PBX as the telephony could be provided from a server located in a data centre. The IP PBX provides telephone services to users in remote...
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.
Media Streamer
A media streamer is a device designed to allow the user to listen to music, view photos or watch videos that are stored on a computer or NAS Drive (See NAS in Glossary) through a Stereo or TV.
MIMO Wireless Router
Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) wireless routers use an array of external or internal antennas to offer an increase in both speed and range when compared with standard 802.11g and 802.11b wireless products.
MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a popular audio encoding format. It uses a lossy compression algorithm that is designed to greatly reduce the amount of data required to represent the audio recording, yet still sound like a ...
MP3 Streamer
An MP3 Streamer is a device which connects to your sound system and allows you to listen to music stored on your network and on the internet. Devices like the Squeezebox are fantastic additions to an existing sound system in your living room.
Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Network Attached Storage is a term used for a device which is used to provide storage for multiple computers on a network. This data can then be accessed by computers, media players and other devices. Product's such as the Buffalo Linkstation Live in...
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 is from and where it is going. This header is used along the way for routi...
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 referred to as "PC Cards" were originally called "PCMCIA Cards."
Powerline is a term used to describe technology which sends digital information from one device to another using the electrical wiring.
Print Server
A Print Server is a piece of software designed to manage printing requests made by users on a network, and forward them to the printer when it has finished it's current task.
Quality of Service (QoS)
Quality of Service is a system designed to manage internet traffic to prioritise certain applications to ensure they have enough bandwidth when the internet connection is under heavy load. It's primary use is for internet telephony but it can be used...
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 a switch generally contains more "intelligence" than a hub. Unlike hubs, ne...
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 you are set up with direct access to the Internet, your computer is provided...
VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a category of hardware and software that enables people to make telephone calls via the Internet.
VPN (Virtual Private Network)
A virtual private network (VPN) is a private communications network often used within a company, or by several different companies or organizations, to communicate confidentially over a publicly accessible network. VPN involves two parts: the prote...
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 protects the vulnerable wireless link between clients and access points; once th...
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 devices (For example, 2 or more computers) and is an effective and modern replace...
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 radio signals. Access points used in home or small business networks are gene...
Wireless Booster
A wireless booster can be used to extend the range of an existing wireless network. This can be done in a number of different ways and can at first be confusing. The Belkin F5D7132 and Linksys WRE54G both claim to work as universal boosters, but we h...
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., allowing them to experience online gaming.
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 Routers
A wireless router is very similar to a normal broadband router but with a built-in wireless access point.
WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access)
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2) is a class of systems to secure wireless (Wi-Fi) computer networks. It was created in response to several serious weaknesses researchers had found in the previous system, Wireless Encryption Protocol (WEP). WPA i...
X10 is an international and open industry standard for communication among devices used for home automation. It primarily uses existing electrical wiring for signalling and control, where the signals involve brief radio frequency bursts representing ...
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