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Glossary of terms.

802.11a - A wireless networking standard operating in the 5 GHz frequency range. Maximum data transmission rates of up to 54 Mbps and distances up to 150. Also known as Wi-Fi5. See 802.11b.

802.11b -- Currently the most popular wireless networking standard. When complying with standards set forth by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, it can be called Wi-Fi. Not all manufactures meet the Wi-Fi certification Maximum data transmission rates up to 11 Mbps and distances to 300 feet can be supported. It operates in the 2.4 GHz band.

802.11g -- Also operates in the 2.4 GHz band, but offers a maximum throughput of 54 Mbps. Products using this standard are not yet on the market. The advantage to 802.11g is that it promises backward compatibility with 802.11b.

Bluetooth -- A wireless connectivity standard that governs short-range data transmissions for interdevice connectivity and personal area networking. Bluetooth offers data transmission rates of 720 Kbps at distances up to 30 feet.

Cell -- This is a coverage area around a specific transmitter that communicates with cellular telephones and ties them into the POTS (plain old telephone service) grid. When traveling a cellular phone user may be switched from transmitter to transmitter as they move from cell to another.

Cellular Telephone (cell phone) -- This is a mobile, wireless telephone that communicates with a local transmitter using a short-wave analog or digital transmission. Cellular phone coverage is limited to areas where a cellular phone can adequately communicate with a nearby transmission tower.

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) -- A method of high-speed Internet access provided on telephone industry's copper wire.

Geek -- (according to "A formerly derogatory term given to the outcast elite, usually lacking in social graces. The term has been used so liberally by the masses of people that the computer savvy have taken it to heart as not being derogatory but rather the name given to scientifically savvy folk."

Internet -- The World Wide Web or network of computers constantly connected to each other using standardized communications protocols, specifically TCP/IP.

Intranet -- A local area network (LAN) of computers using TCP/IP. Usually a private network.

TCP/IP -- Transmission Control Protocol/Internet protocol (first used by the Department of Defense in 1983). It allows dissimilar computers and devices to work together.
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Publication:Alaska Business Monthly
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Date:Aug 1, 2002
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