Terms and Frequently Asked Questions
This area of the website provides Terms and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S) that are commonly used in discussing technology infrastructure. We know we have a wide range of familiarity with this subject in Herons Glen and we want to make sure everyone understands the most important and frequently used terms.
What is Telecommunications?
Telecommunications means transmitting signals over a distance in order to communicate. The classic ‘tin can’ telephone is a very simple telecommunications system. Emerging technologies have brought us far from that model. Today’s communication could be via telephone, television, radio, satellite, wireless network, computer network, telemetry, or other means. These technologies, plus many more are converging, you can access the Internet, play videos, or track your children's movements via global positioning system (GPS) technology on your cell phone so the lines between telecommunications and other industries like computer hardware, application software, consumer electronics and entertainment are getting blurrier all the time.
What are Telecommunications systems?
These are networks of leading-edge technologies such as fiber optic systems, satellites, wireless, telephony, and cable, which are connected to computers that allow organizations and individuals throughout business and industry to communicate instantaneously around the world.
What is Bandwidth?
Bandwidth is the size of a communications channel. In analog communications, bandwidth is typically measured in Hertz. In digital communication, bandwidth is measured in bits per second (bps).
What do the terms bandwidth and broadband mean?
Bandwidth and broadband both refer to capacity to move electronic signals through some form of transmission network. This can be visualized as being similar to a pipeline—i.e. the larger the diameter of the pipeline, the more fluid that can be transmitted through it over a given period of time. In the electronic world, the greater the bandwidth capacity, (i.e. “broadband”) the more electronic signals can be transmitted at faster speed and in higher volumes.
What is broadband communication?
Broadband communications is usually considered to be any technology with transmission rates above the fastest speed available over a telephone line. Broadband transmission systems typically provide channels for data transmissions in different directions and by many different users.
What is a broadband Internet connection?
The term broadband commonly refers to high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access. Broadband includes several high-speed transmission technologies such as: Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Cable Modem (Fiber).
What's the difference between broadband and dialup?
The fundamental difference between dialup and broadband Internet connections is the manner in which the connection is made from your PC to the Internet. A dialup service connects to the Internet through your phone line.
What is home wireless broadband?
Home wireless broadband is technology that allows a modem to connect to the internet remotely. Home wireless differs from mobile broadband in that it comes packaged with a router, and is intended for use as a replacement for a fixed line connection.
What is standard broadband?
Standard copper wires are used in standard broadband connections. The latest advancement in broadband technology, fiber optic broadband is promising super-fast speeds for all of your daily internet needs. Its name comes from the use of plastic or glass cables, which allow for faster data transfer compared to the copper wires.
Is broadband faster than WiFi?
Broadband is a connection in which electronic data is brought into your home through a cable. WiFi is a means of accessing the data made available by Broadband, without the use of cables. You can also use Ethernet cables to access the data made available by Broadband.
What do upload and download mean?
Uploading is the transmission of digital information, usually from a personal computer/tablet/etc. to another usually larger computer system located elsewhere on the Internet. From a reverse perspective, downloading is receiving requested information from another computer located elsewhere on the Internet. Our current contract provides us minimum speeds of 10/2. This translates to 10 megabytes per second (mbps) of download speed and 2 mbps of upload speed.
What is Fiber / Fiber Optic Cable?
Fiber Optic Cable transmits light signals along glass strands, permitting 10-100 times faster transmission than traditional copper wire. What this means to the consumer, is faster, more efficient cell phones and Internet connections.
What is Fiber optic broadband?
The latest advancement in broadband technology, fiber optic broadband is promising super-fast speeds for all of your daily internet needs. Its name comes from the use of plastic or glass cables, which allow for faster data transfer compared to the standard copper wires which are used in regular broadband connections.
What is FTTH (fiber to the home), FTTP (fiber to the premises)?
Those terms simply mean – how close the fiber comes to a building, house…end user. The closer it comes, the faster the connection.
What is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is a short-range wireless connection standard. Its aim is to link a wide range of computers, electronics and telecom devices. The technology uses a low-power, two-way radio link, which is built into a microchip. The Bluetooth standard is allowing for greater wireless internet capability in the office and for consumers.
What is a modem and how does it work?
The word "modem" is a contraction of the words modulator-demodulator. A modem is typically used to send digital data over a phone or cable line. The sending modem modulates the data into a signal that is compatible with the phone or cable line, and the receiving modem demodulates the signal back into digital data.
Is a modem necessary?
Given that MODEM is an acronym for MOdulator/DEModulator, it is clear that you need one. Many modems come with built-in routers, and a few routers come with modems built in. Most modems with routers have firewalls; you don't need a separate router if the modem has a fire-walled router.
What does a router actually do?
A router is a small device that sits between your modem and computer. Most routers are about the same size and shape as a modem. The purpose of the router is to take the information from the modem and deliver it to your computer.
Do you need a router if you have a modem?
Routers connect to your modem via an Ethernet cable and pass that internet connection on to other devices in your house either via an additional Ethernet cable or wirelessly over a Wi-Fi network. If you have multiple devices to connect or want WiFi you need a router to plug into the modem.
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