- IEEE Wireless Standard for up to 54Mb/s in the 5GHz bands
- IEEE Wireless Standard for up to 11Mb/s in the 2.4GHz ISM band
- IEEE Wireless Standard for up to 54Mb/s in the 2.4GHz ISM band
- IEEE Wireless Standard for up to 600Mb/s in the 2.4 and 5GHz bands
- IEEE Wireless Standard for up to 6.9Gb/s in the 5GHz bands
- IEEE Wireless Standard for up to 7.75Gb/s in the 60GHz ISB band
- IEEE Wireless Standard for TV White Spaces (54 - 790MHz)
- From Latin for this: a Wi-Fi network with no Access Points.
- Access Point: a Wi-Fi radio or group of radios in a single enclosure.
- A range of radio frequencies with a single management policy (e.g. 2.5GHz or 5GHz)
- Basic Service Set: a managed, or infrastructure, Wi-Fi network with Access Points
- Basic Service Set Identifier: a MAC address used to uniquely identify a particular Wi-Fi Radio
- a component of a MIMO radio system which drives a single antenna in an array
- Wi-Fi channels correspond to particular frequencies in the 2.5 and 5 GHz ISM bands
- Decibel Milliwatts: used to give an absolute power value for signal and noise, over a wide range. Wi-Fi signals for e.g. typically range between: 0.01mW (-20dBM) and 0.000000001mW (-90 dBm)
- Decibel: Unit used for measuring in scientific and engineering systems, help to express a wide range of values.
- Domain Name System: distributed database containing records used for name and service resolution
- A portion of the global DNS namespace, such as istumbler.net or apple.com
- Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum: used by Bluetooth radios and some legacy 802.11 radios.
- Electromagnetic interference: what happens when your fancy toys don't play nicely together.
- Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum, similar to DSSS.
- Gigahertz, 1 GHz is 1,000,000,000 (one billion) times a second, used to measure frequency and the width of channels.
- gigabit: 1,000 (10^3) bits. Usually used to measure network bandwidth.
- gigabit per second
- gigabyte: 1,000 (10^3) bytes. Usually used to measure storage (Disks, Flash & etc.) size.
- gibibyte: 1024 (2^10) bytes. Usually used to measure memory (RAM & Cache) size.
- A computer connected to the Internet which may offer a service
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, publishers of the 802.11 standards.
- Independent Basic Service Set: an Ad-hoc network
- Internet Protocol: the layer three protocol which routes packets across the global internet
- Industrial Scientific and Medical
- just kidding
- kilobit: 1,000 (10^3) bits. Usually used to measure network bandwidth.
- kilobits per second
- kilobyte: 1,000 (10^3) bytes. Usually used to measure storage (Disks, Flash & etc.) size.
- kibibyte: 1024 (2^10) bytes. Usually used to measure memory (RAM & Cache) size.
- a network connection between two computers, often the layer 2 or physical connection
- Signal Level interpreted relative to the noise floor of the channel
- Media Access Controller: a unique hardware address assigned to a network interface
- megabit: 1,000,000 (10^6) bits. Usually used to measure network bandwidth.
- megabits per second
- megabyte: 1,000,000 (10^6) bytes. Usually used to measure storage (Disks, Flash & etc.) size.
- mebibyte: 1024 (2^(10+2)) bytes. Usually used to measure memory (RAM & Cache) size.
- Multicast DNS: the use of DNS packets over well known multicast addresses for local service discovery
- Megahertz, 1 MHz is 1,000,000 (one million) times second, used to measure frequency and the width of channels.
- Multiple In Multiple Out: radio systems combining multiple radio chains with multiple antennas for higher performance
- Mean Sea Level: used in GPS coordinates to indicate elevation
- received energy by the radio which cannot be decoded into signal
- noise floor
- the lowest possible noise level for a given channel width and frequency
- Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing, used in 802.11a and later Wi-Fi radios
- Personal Area Network, wireless networks with a range generally less than 10 meters
- Bluetooth devices can be paired by exchanging keys to securely setup a link
- a set of rules for the contents and order of messages between two computers, e.g. HTTP, TCP, IP, Wi-Fi, etc.
- Quality of Service: a specific tag added to packets to request priority handling by the network infrastructure, often for deliver of voice and video traffic with minimum jitter and delay
- Really Simple Syndication: the publishing technology behind weblogs, news readers and podcasting.
- Received Signal Strength Indication: a number, typically expressed in Decibel Milliwatts (dBm).
- The portion of the received energy in the radio which was successfully decoded, usually expressed in dBm
- Service Set Identifier: a 1-32 byte string, typically presented as the network name
- Signal to Noise Ratio: the ratio, typically in Decibels, of the signal level to noise as received by the radio. Higher S/N ratios are better.
- Transmission Control Protocol: provides for reliability, windowing and ordering on top of lossy IP networks
- User Datagram Protocol: provides for simple, but unreliable and un-windowed communication on top of IP
- Ultra High Frequency
- Ultra Wide Band
- Very High Frequency
- Wired Equivalent Privacy: an old and very broken form of layer-2 encryption
- Wi-Fi Alliance: Trade Association created to promote 802.11 standards and insure interoperability
- Wi-Fi: Registered Trade Mark created by the Wi-Fi Alliance to promote the 802.11 standards
- Wireless Protected Access: a new stronger, but still broken, form of layer-2 encryption
- Wired Equivalent Privacy 2: an even news stronger, not yet broken, form of layer-2 encryption
- Whisky Tango Foxtrot?
- eXtensible Markup Language (the X makes it much much cooler than "EML" would have been)
- a lotta
- less than a yotta
- The greatest filesystem that never was