Network Terminology Part 1

Many of you know what you need for your network, but not all of you know how the network works. Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring someone else to do it for you. Here’s some terminology you’ll hear while setting up your network. You might not remember all of these, but it’s helpful just to get a better understanding of what you’re paying for!

Domain Name System (DNS): Ties the website name to an IP (Internet Protocol) address, so you can use a website name instead of the IP address all the time

Internet Protocol (IP): Mainly associated with an IP address, a designated number to an internet capable device.

Internet Service Provider (ISP): Business that sells internet and telephone services

Local Area Network (LAN): A network connecting computers within a specific area

Network Service Provider (NSP): Business that sells internet service

Really Simple Syndication (RSS): Conveying website content in a standard format, commonly used for news source reading

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP): Sending and receiving voice communications over the internet. Read more here

Virtual Private Network (VPN): A private and secure network that connects via the internet or another public network

Wide Area Network (WAN): Encompassing a large area or region

Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi): Local network allowing data communication between devices.

This is Part 1 of the Terminology Series.