Industry Terms

There are thousands of words, phrases and terms used in the telecommunications and networking world. Since most of us are not networking brainiacs we thought it would be helpful to define some of the more common terminology you may come across or need to know.

DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol)
A TCP/IP protocol that dynamically assigns an IP address to a computer. Dynamic addressing simplifies network administration because the software keeps track of IP addresses rather than requiring a network administrator to do so.
A common connection point for computers and devices in a network that takes an incoming signal and repeats it on all other ports.
A group of computers and devices that can communicate with each other and share resources.
A device that routes/forwards data across a networks.
A computer that handles requests for data, email, files, and other network services from other computers.