Commonly Used Terms

Bandwidth – the width of the band, the amount of data measured in bits per hertz, a range of radio frequencies used to transmit a signal

Broadband – high-speed internet (these terms are interchangeable)

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) – it’s the family of technologies that are used to transmit digital data over older copper telephone lines

Ethernet Cable – a commonly used category 5 or 6 cable, consisting of 8 copper wires, used as part of wired network

Gigabit – one gigabit is 1,000 megabits

Gbps – gigabits per second

ISP – Internet Service Provider

LAN (Local Area Network) – a group of computers and peripheral devices that share a common communications line or wireless link

Modem – this device connects directly to the internet

Mbps – stands for “megabits per second”; it’s the amount of data that can be transferred within one second and is most commonly used to quantify internet speeds

Router – this “routes” the internet signal to computers and devices in your home

Wi-Fi – a wireless networking technology that uses radio waves to provide wireless network connectivity