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IDT Unit 5

Unit 5 Networking Vocabulary Terms

TermDefinition
computer network is a collection of computers and other hardware devices that are connected together to share hardware, software, and data as well as communications
digital data sent as 0s or 1s
analog data sent as continuous waves
ethernet A widely used communications protocol for a LAN and uses twisted pair or coaxial cables
TCP/IP The communications protocol that uses packet switching to facilitate the transmission of messages
intranet A private network, set up similar to the WWW, that usually gives employees access to company publications
IP Address A numeric Internet address used to uniquely identify a computer on the internet
Peer to Peer network All computers in this network are on the same level and users have direct access to the other computers and the peripherals attached to the network
wired network A network in which PC’s are connected to the network by cables
wireless network A network in which PC’s are connected to the network without physical cables
Local Area Network (LAN) A network that covers a small geographic area
Wide Area Network (WAN) A network that covers a wide geographic area
Bluetooth a standard for low-cost, short-range, wireless connections between Bluetooth-enabled devices
WIFI is a local area wireless computer networking technology that allows electronic devices to connect to the network, mainly using the 2.4 gigahertz (12 cm) UHF and 5 gigahertz (6 cm) SHF ISM radio bands (
Twisted pair cable Pairs of wires twisted together used for telephone and network connections
Coaxial cable Thick center wire used for cable TV and network connections
Fiber Optic Cable Glass or fiber strands through which light can pass for high-speed communications.
gateway A device that connects two computer networks that use different protocols.
router A device connects computers to a network and finds the best path for data to travel to other networks
cable modem A device that connects a PC or Internet Access device to an Internet connection.
server A system that provides network services such as file storage and file transfer
topology refers to the layout of connected devices
telecommunications communication of data from one device to another over a distance
Created by: janice ritchey