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Wi-Fi DEPENDENCY SERIES - PART 2
LEARNING THE LANGUAGE OF WI-FI
In Part 1 of this series we got to know some truths and lies about Wi-Fi. We continue the journey to understanding this critical utility that we can no longer live without by looking at the meaning of Wi-Fi specific words.
The language of Wi-Fi can be difficult to navigate especially when trying to troubleshoot or shop for equipment. Like all industries, marketers take liberties with the definition of words to grab attention and make a sale. Here are the basics to understand first.
simply defined as wireless network. It is what enables devices to access the internet without a cable.
hardware component that converts data. This device converts the analog internet signal to digital data that a computer understands. It also does the reverse converting the digital data from the computer back to an analog internet signal.
network device that forwards data packets from one network to another over a wire or using radio waves. This enables many devices to share the same internet access.
a piece of hardware through which devices gain internet access wirelessly.
term used to describe how far wireless signals reach at a satisfactory strength.
disruption or noise that negatively impacts wireless signals.
WPA, WPA2, WEP:
wireless communication encryption standards to secure data between devices and the access point.
internet service provider. The entity that delivers access to the internet for a fee.
2.4 GHz & 5 GHz:
radio wave frequencies used for wireless communication. 2.4 GHz has a long range but transmits data at slower speeds. 5 GHz covers less range at faster speeds, but the higher frequency will not travel through solid objects.
Dual Band Router:
communicates on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies.
wireless device that receives signals and re-transmits them to cover a larger area.
wire that connects the modem and the router through which data travels.
a layer of security implemented at the router.
We have learned some truths & lies and gotten a better understanding of what the words mean. In Part 3 we will examine the home network in more detail and understand how it is performing today.
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Wi-Fi Dependency Series - Introduction
Wi-Fi Dependency Series - Part 1
Wi-Fi Dependency Series - Part 3
Wi-Fi Dependency Series - Part 4
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