Wireless communication hub that allows users to connect to a Wi-Fi network.
A type of computer network developed by Xerox in the 1970s, allowing a number of PCs to be linked together and communicate with one another.
Describes two or more computers connected, either physically or wirelessly, with the ability to share resources, such as printers.
Stands for maximum transmission unit, which is the largest collection of data bits that a computer network can transmit.
A way of connecting several computers and printers so that they can share data.
A socket for connecting a PC to an office network or some broadband internet connections.
NIC (Network Interface Card)
Each PC on a network needs a network interface card, into which the network cable is plugged. Most can transfer data at 10Mbits per second (10 million bits per second) but 100Mbit cards are becoming more common.
Peer to Peer
A network connecting two or more computers without a central file server.
A device which is used to connect more than one computer together and/or to the internet as an alternative to a modem. It's so-called because it determines which way data is sent.
Transmission control protocol/internet protocol. The protocol used to transfer data and information from one network or internet-connected computer to another.
A catchier name for the 802.11a, b or g standard used for wireless networking devices.