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Networking

Definitions about networking including routing and switching vocabulary, telecom terminology and words about email, messaging and mobile.

Circuit switched services equipment and providers

Terms related to circuit switched services equipment and providers, including dedicated communications channel definitions and words and phrases about telecommunications.

  • WAN (wide area network)

    A wide area network (WAN) is a geographically distributed telecommunications network that interconnects multiple local area networks (LANs).

  • carrier network

    A telecommunications carrier network is the collection of devices and underlying infrastructure used to transmit data from one location to another.

  • service-level agreement (SLA)

    A service-level agreement (SLA) is a contract between a service provider and its customers that documents what services the provider will furnish and defines the service standards the provider is obligated to meet.

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Data transmission

Terms related to data transmission, including definitions about communication channels and words and phrases about point-to-point and point-to-multipoint data transfers.

  • RFID (radio frequency identification)

    RFID (radio frequency identification) is a form of wireless communication that incorporates the use of electromagnetic or electrostatic coupling in the radio frequency portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to uniquely identify an object, animal or person.

  • MIMO (multiple input, multiple output)

    MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) is an antenna technology for wireless communications in which multiple antennas are used at both the source (transmitter) and the destination (receiver).

  • wireless backhaul

    Wireless backhaul is the use of wireless communication systems to transport data between the internet and subnetworks.

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Email and messaging

Terms related to email and messaging, including definitions about instant messenger and words and phrases about email servers, storage, spam and mobile access.

  • challenge-response authentication

    In computer security, challenge-response authentication is a set of protocols used to protect digital assets and services from unauthorized users, programs or activities.

  • Microsoft Teams

    What is Microsoft Teams? Microsoft Teams is cloud-based team collaboration software that is part of the Microsoft 365 and Office 365 suite of applications.

  • spam trap

    A spam trap is an email address that is used to identify and monitor spam email.

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High-speed networks

Terms related to high-speed communication networks, including network and end-system architecture definitions and words and phrases about high-bandwidth and low-latency communication.

  • small cell

    A small cell is an umbrella term used to describe a miniature radio access point or wireless network base station with a low radio frequency power output, footprint and range.

  • wireless broadband (WiBB)

    Wireless broadband (WiBB) is high-speed internet and data service delivered through a wireless local area network (WLAN) or wireless wide area network (WWAN).

  • carrier network

    A telecommunications carrier network is the collection of devices and underlying infrastructure used to transmit data from one location to another.

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Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human interaction.

  • smart sensor

    A smart sensor is a device that takes input from the physical environment and uses built-in compute resources to perform predefined functions upon detection of specific input and then process data before passing it on.

  • IoT security (internet of things security)

    IoT security is the technology segment focused on safeguarding connected devices and networks in the internet of things (IoT).

  • IoT gateway

    An Internet of Things (IoT) gateway is a physical device or software program that serves as the connection point between the cloud and controllers, sensors and intelligent devices.

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LANs

Terms related to local area networks (LANs), including definitions about Ethernet and words and phrases about devices that share a common communications line or link.

  • WAN (wide area network)

    A wide area network (WAN) is a geographically distributed telecommunications network that interconnects multiple local area networks (LANs).

  • wireless ad hoc network (WANET)

    A wireless ad hoc network (WANET) is a type of local area network (LAN) that is built spontaneously to enable two or more wireless devices to be connected to each other without requiring typical network infrastructure equipment, such as a wireless router or access point.

  • dynamic spectrum access (dynamic spectrum management)

    Dynamic spectrum access (DSA), also referred to as dynamic spectrum management (DSM), is a set of spectrum utilization techniques that adjusts frequency in real time based on fluctuating circumstances.

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Network hardware

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

  • wireless mesh network (WMN)

    A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a mesh network created through the connection of wireless access point (WAP) nodes installed at each network user's locale.

  • WAN (wide area network)

    A wide area network (WAN) is a geographically distributed telecommunications network that interconnects multiple local area networks (LANs).

  • MIMO (multiple input, multiple output)

    MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) is an antenna technology for wireless communications in which multiple antennas are used at both the source (transmitter) and the destination (receiver).

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Network software

Terms related to network software, including definitions about network monitoring and words and phrases about network administration.

  • SD-WAN (software-defined WAN)

    Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is technology that uses software-defined networking (SDN) concepts to distribute network traffic across a wide area network (WAN).

  • wireless mesh network (WMN)

    A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a mesh network created through the connection of wireless access point (WAP) nodes installed at each network user's locale.

  • WAN (wide area network)

    A wide area network (WAN) is a geographically distributed telecommunications network that interconnects multiple local area networks (LANs).

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Networking and communications

Terms related to networking and communications, including definitions about network protocols and words and phrases about data transmission.

  • wireless mesh network (WMN)

    A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a mesh network created through the connection of wireless access point (WAP) nodes installed at each network user's locale.

  • smart sensor

    A smart sensor is a device that takes input from the physical environment and uses built-in compute resources to perform predefined functions upon detection of specific input and then process data before passing it on.

  • IoT security (internet of things security)

    IoT security is the technology segment focused on safeguarding connected devices and networks in the internet of things (IoT).

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Routing and switching

Terms related to routers and switches, including definitions about hubs and words and phrases about packet-switched networks.

  • software-defined networking (SDN)

    Software-defined networking (SDN) is an architecture that abstracts different, distinguishable layers of a network in order to make networks agile and flexible.

  • Cisco IOS (Cisco Internetwork Operating System)

    Cisco IOS (Internetwork Operating System) is a proprietary operating system that runs on Cisco Systems routers and switches.

  • edge router

    An edge router is a specialized router located at a network boundary that enables an internal network to connect to external networks.

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Smart grid

Terms related to smart grids, including definitions about utility electricity delivery systems and words and phrases about smart meters and distributing, monitoring and billing electrical power.

  • smart sensor

    A smart sensor is a device that takes input from the physical environment and uses built-in compute resources to perform predefined functions upon detection of specific input and then process data before passing it on.

  • application service provider (ASP)

    An application service provider (ASP) is a company that offers individuals or enterprises access to applications and related services over the internet.

  • smart home hub (home automation hub)

    A smart home hub is hardware or software that connects devices on a home automation network and controls communications among them.

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Telecom

Terms related to telecom, including definitions about telecommunication service providers and words and phrases about voice, video and Internet communication.

  • GSM (Global System for Mobile communication)

    GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) is a digital mobile network that is widely used by mobile phone users in Europe and other parts of the world.

  • wireless backhaul

    Wireless backhaul is the use of wireless communication systems to transport data between the internet and subnetworks.

  • small cell

    A small cell is an umbrella term used to describe a miniature radio access point or wireless network base station with a low radio frequency power output, footprint and range.

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VoIP

Terms related to voice over IP (VoIP), including definitions about communication protocols and words and phrases about making phone calls over the Internet.

  • jitter

    Jitter is any deviation in, or displacement of, the signal pulses in a high-frequency digital signal.

  • VoIP (voice over IP)

    VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) is the transmission of voice and multimedia content over an internet connection.

  • real-time communications (RTC)

    Real-time communications (RTC) is any mode of telecommunications in which all users can exchange information instantly or with negligible latency. In this context, the term 'real-time' is synonymous with 'live.'

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Wireless LANs

Terms related to wireless LANs, including definitions about Wi-Fi and words and phrases about wireless access points, wireless controllers, wireless LAN security and WLAN configuration.

  • wireless mesh network (WMN)

    A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a mesh network created through the connection of wireless access point (WAP) nodes installed at each network user's locale.

  • IoT security (internet of things security)

    IoT security is the technology segment focused on safeguarding connected devices and networks in the internet of things (IoT).

  • WAN (wide area network)

    A wide area network (WAN) is a geographically distributed telecommunications network that interconnects multiple local area networks (LANs).

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Wireless technologies

Terms related to wireless technologies, including definitions about wireless devices and words and phrases about radio, microwave and infrared communication.

  • wireless mesh network (WMN)

    A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a mesh network created through the connection of wireless access point (WAP) nodes installed at each network user's locale.

  • 3G (third generation of mobile telephony)

    3G refers to the third generation of cellular technology that enables mobile telephony.

  • WAN (wide area network)

    A wide area network (WAN) is a geographically distributed telecommunications network that interconnects multiple local area networks (LANs).

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SearchCompliance

  • information governance

    Information governance is a holistic approach to managing corporate information by implementing processes, roles, controls and ...

  • enterprise document management (EDM)

    Enterprise document management (EDM) is a strategy for overseeing an organization's paper and electronic documents so they can be...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

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SearchDisasterRecovery

  • risk mitigation

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a business.

  • call tree

    A call tree is a layered hierarchical communication model that is used to notify specific individuals of an event and coordinate ...

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide ...

SearchStorage

  • cloud storage

    Cloud storage is a service model in which data is transmitted and stored on remote storage systems, where it is maintained, ...

  • cloud testing

    Cloud testing is the process of using the cloud computing resources of a third-party service provider to test software ...

  • storage virtualization

    Storage virtualization is the pooling of physical storage from multiple storage devices into what appears to be a single storage ...

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