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Terms related to network hardware, including definitions about cables or file servers and words and phrases about routers and switches.

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  • WAN accelerator - A WAN accelerator is an appliance that improves the end user's experience on a wide area network (WAN).
  • WAN interface card (WIC) - A WAN interface card, or WIC, is a specialized network interface card (NIC) that allows devices to connect to a wide area network.
  • white box switch - A white box switch is built on a low-cost, bare metal device that runs on merchant silicon.
  • white space device (WSD) - A white space device is an FCC-certified wireless device that can be used without an exclusive broadcast license in the RF spectrum below 700 MHz: underutilized, unlicensed portions of the spectrum called white space.
  • Wi-Fi (802.11x standard) - Wi-Fi is the popular term for high-frequency wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and a standard that has gained acceptance in many companies as an alternative to a wired LAN.
  • Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) - Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) is a Cisco Systems technology that improves the performance of applications on a wide area network (WAN).
  • wide-area file services (WAFS) - Wide-area file services (WAFS) is a storage technology that makes it possible to access a remote data center as though it were local.
  • WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) - WiMAX is a wireless industry coalition whose members organized to advance IEEE 802.
  • Wired for Management (WfM) - Wired for Management (WfM) is a specification from Intel that allows the performance of certain computer configuration and maintenance functions over a network or dial-up connection.
  • wireless mesh network (WMN) - A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a mesh network created through the connection of wireless access points installed at each network user's locale.
  • wireless router - A wireless router is a device in a WLAN (wireless local area network) that determines the next network point to which a packet should be forwarded toward its destination.
  • wireless sensor network (WSN) - A wireless sensor network is a group of specialized transducers with a communications infrastructure that uses radio to monitor and record physical or environmental conditions.
  • WPAN (wireless personal area network) - A WPAN (wireless personal area network) is a personal area network - a network for interconnecting devices centered around an individual person's workspace - in which the connections are wireless.
  • zone - In general, a zone is an area of administration.

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