Wide Area Network (WAN) Definitions

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    802.11s

    802.11s is a proposed amendment to the 802.11 wireless networking standards that will provide a vendor-neutral way to build wireless mesh networks over wireless LAN (WLAN) products.

  • B

    bandwidth

    Definition: Learn what bandwidth is and how the term is used as a synonym for signal frequency range, data transfer rate and capacity.

  • bottleneck

    A bottleneck is a stage in a process that causes the entire process to slow down or stop. In a communications context, a bottleneck is a point in the enterprise where the flow of data is impaired or stopped entirely... (Continued)

  • C

    capacity planning

    In information technology, capacity planning is the science and art of estimating the space, computer hardware, software and connection infrastructure resources that will be needed over some future period of time.

  • chatty protocol

    A chatty protocol is an application or routing protocol that requires a client or server to wait for an acknowledgement before it can transmit again.

  • D

    dynamic multipoint VPN (DMVPN)

    A dynamic multipoint virtual private network (DMVPN) is a secure network that exchanges data between sites without needing to pass traffic through an organization's headquarter VPN server or router.

  • E

    enterprise WAN

    An enterprise WAN is a corporate network that connects geographically dispersed users areas that could be anywhere in the world.

  • extranet

    An extranet is a private network that uses Internet technology and the public telecommunication system to securely share part of a business's information or operations with suppliers, vendors, partners, customers, or other businesses.

  • F

    File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

    File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a client-server standard used to transfer files between computers over the Internet using control and data channels.

  • frame relay

    Frame relay is an affordable way to transmit switched-packet data within LANs and WANs.

  • G

    Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE)

    Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) is a simple protocol that encapsulates packets in order to route other protocols over IP networks, as defined by RFC 2784.

  • I

    IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6)

    IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) is the latest level of the Internet Protocol (IP) and is now included as part of IP support in many products including the major computer operating systems.

  • ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network)

    ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is a set of CCITT/ITU standards for digital transmission over ordinary telephone copper wire, as well as over other media.

  • L

    Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP)

    Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) is an extension of the Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) used by an Internet service provider (ISP) to enable the operation of a virtual private network (VPN) over the Internet.

  • M

    managed service provider (MSP)

    A managed service provider (MSP) is a company that remotely manages a customer's IT infrastructure and/or end-user systems, typically on a proactive basis and under a subscription model.

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