A Lesson in High Speed Internet Vocabulary

February 7, 2013

Tech Info

In these modern days it’s unusual to find a place without a high speed Internet connection. While most people own a web-capable device, they may not be aware of the complexities involved when it comes to getting online. Here are some necessary terms you should know when surfing the web.

Internet Connection Types

When it comes to getting connected to the Internet, there are a few different connection type options to consider.

Broadband – This term usually refers to any high speed connection were data is transferred digitally. Modems are generally required equipment for this type of connection.

DSL – This connection option is offered through your phone company and can connect you to the web through phone jacks.

Cable – Cable Internet connection is quite reliable, affordable, secure, and much faster than DSL, offering speeds of up to 30 mbps.

Satellite – Offering connection via satellites, this connection option is perfect for those in sparse areas where other Internet connection options aren’t available.

Speed Terms

Internet speed limits can get confusing if you don’t know what they mean. Here are a few speedy Internet terms:

Bandwidth – Basically the amount of information per unit or time that your Internet connection can handle. Larger bandwidths mean more incoming information.

Mbps – Megabits per second. Mbps are individual the units used to measure your data transfer speed when using high speed Internet.

Upload/download Speed – This is the measure of speed at which information can be downloaded or uploaded to the Internet through your Internet connection.

3G/4G – Third and fourth generation mobile web access. This usually refers to how fast your mobile smart phone’s Internet connection typically is.

Equipment

When it comes to installing your high speed Internet there may be a couple required components in order to get connected.

Modem – A modem is the device that that converts the high speed of incoming Internet into Ethernet so that it is usable inside your home. Most Internet service providers offer modems that work with their system to avoid any technical issues that may occur.

Router – Routers are like an information filter that join multiple networks together. In homes they usually join the homes local-area network to the wide-area network of the Internet supplied by your Internet company. Routers and modems are usually used together to keep you online.

Using the Internet

Once you are connected to your Internet there are a few essential terms that will help you surf smoothly.

Browser – Browsers are the software which you use to access the Internet from your computer. Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox are browers.

URL – Universal Resource Locator. Or in layman’s terms, a web address. When entered in the address bar, URL’s take you to websites.

Cookies – Cookies are information stored on your computer to sites you frequently visit. Stored information usually makes logging into a site easier.

Bookmark – Most browsers allow you to bookmark any websites sites that you liked and intend to visit sometime again in the future.

Getting yourself set up on the Internet doesn’t require reading a dictionary on web-savvy terms. Once you get the basics down, you’re good to do. If you come across any terms you are unsure of you can always ask your Internet service provider to explain what they mean so you’ll be well-equipped with web knowledge in the future.

About our Guest Author
Dee is an office manager and is also responsible for maintaining financial records at her company. She does freelance writing/blogging on the side and enjoys ghost writing as well.

Comments are closed.