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We hear these words more frequently these days but do we really know what they mean? The list below are some of the more commonly used terms and their definitions which are related to internet service...

We hear these words more frequently these days but do we really know what they mean? Below, we list some of the more commonly used terms and their definitions which are related to internet service...

•      Bandwidth - How much data can be transferred in a period of time.

•      Broadband - Technology used to deliver large amounts of data, such as high-speed internet service.

•      Cable Internet - A type of internet delivery that uses coaxial cable to transmit data. It uses the same type of wire used to access cable TV services.

•      Cloud Storage - Third party public servers that are made available for digital (data/file) storage. For example, you can store your family photos, calendars and documents.

•      Data - A general term to describe content that someone might upload or download to their computer or mobile device via the internet, such as videos, emails, web pages and music.

•      Data Allowance - The amount of content a customer can upload or download during a billing cycle. Usually measured in TB (terabytes), GB (gigabytes) or MB (megabytes).

•      Data Cap - The maximum amount of data a customer can upload or download during a billing cycle before having their bandwidth throttled, internet service shut off or assessment of overage fees. Volcano Internet Provider currently has UNLIMITED DATA CAPS!

•      Bandwidth Throttling - Term used to describe an internet service provider narrowing the amount of bandwidth a customer receives, usually as a result of exceeding data allowances.

•      DSL - A type of internet delivery that uses twisted pair copper phone lines to transmit data. It uses the same type of wire used to deliver telephone services. DSL replaced dialup and was the first ubiquitous high-speed internet connection.

•      Fiber Optics - A type of internet delivery that is made up of thin glass fibers to transmit data. Currently, the most modern, and sought after, delivery method due to its ever-growing capacity potentials.

•      Modem - (modulator-demodulator) is a network hardware device that modulates signals to digital information (data) for transmission, and demodulates signals to decode the transmitted information.

•      ONT -  Optical Network Terminal - In fiber-to-the-premises systems, the signal is transmitted to the customer premises using fiber optic technologies. Unlike many conventional telephone technologies, this does not provide power for premises equipment, nor is it suitable for direct connection to customer equipment. An optical network terminal (ONT) is used to terminate the fiber optic line, demultiplex the signal into its component parts (voice telephone, television, and Internet access, and provide power to customer telephones. As the ONT must derive its power from the customer premises electrical supply, many ONTs have the option for a battery backup, to maintain service in the event of a power outage.

•      Router - An optional piece of equipment that together with your modem provides an in-home Local Area Network (LAN), that takes data/internet signal and shares it with other computers on your network.

•      Wi-Fi - A technology for wireless Local Area Networking (LAN) with devices based on the IEEE802.11 standards. Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

The above list contains some of the more commonly used terms. We will continue adding more so our readers will have a better understanding of the internet industry.