Wireless-glossary meaning

The following terms are some of the most widely used in the wireless communications industry. For more information, see each full definition.1GFirst generation cellular (analog). See cellular generations.2GSecond generation cellular (digital). See cellular generations.2.5G, 2G+Interim stage between 2G and 3G, providing faster data services. See cellular generations.3GThird generation cellular: digital plus high-speed data and global roaming. Known as IMT-2000 by the ITU and implemented in Europe as UMTS and CDMA2000 in North America. See cellular generations.4GFourth generation cellular: WiMAX and LTE technologies. See WiMAX, cellular generations and LTE.802.1XIEEE standard for authentication. See 802.1X.802.11IEEE standards for Wi-Fi.802.11aWi-Fi at 5 GHz with speeds up to 54 Mbps. See 802.11.802.11acFastest Wi-Fi at 5 GHz with speeds in the gigabit range. See 802.11ac.802.11bWi-Fi at 2.4 GHz with speeds up to 11 Mbps. See 802.11.802.11gWi-Fi at 2.4 GHz with speeds up to 54 Mbps. See 802.11.802.11iWi-Fi standard for wireless security. Supersedes WEP and WPA. See 802.11i.802.11nWi-Fi at 150 Mbps and higher. Uses MIMO technology. See 802.11n and MIMO.802.15IEEE standards for wireless PANs (WPAN). See 802.15.802.16IEEE standards for fixed wireless ("last mile"). See 802.16.access pointA base station that plugs into an Ethernet hub, switch or server. Like a cellular phone system cell, users can roam between access points. See wireless LAN.air cardA cellular wireless adapter. See cellular modem.air interfaceAn air modulation scheme, equivalent to physical layer in OSI model. See air interface.AMPSAnalog Mobile Phone System - The earlier analog cellphone system in the U.S. See AMPS.ARDISPrior name of DataTAC network. See DataTAC.authentication serverA server that contains usernames and passwords and authorizes access to the network. See 802.1X.authenticatorThe device that allows or blocks access to the network. See 802.1X.BluetoothWireless personal area network (PAN) standard geared for home and office. Uses 2.4 GHz band at 720 Kbps within 30 foot range. See Bluetooth and Bluetooth glossary.broadband wirelessHigh-speed wireless transmission. See wireless broadband.cable gatewayThe device that adds cable service to a home or office. See cable/DSL gateway.CDMA(Code Division Multiple Access) Qualcomm's spread spectrum air interface method. It codes each conversation expanding it 128 times, which makes it easier to decipher at receiving end. See CDMA.cdmaONEThe CDMA Development Group's trademark for CDMA networks. See IS-95.CDMA2000First 3G technology that provided up to 2.4 Mbps for voice and data. See CDMA2000.CDPD(Cellular Digital Packet Data) Earlier packet overlay on analog cellphone network. Provides 19.2 Kbps and deployed by AT&T and several other carriers. See CDPD.cellularWireless phone calls via cell towers. See cellular generations.cellular hotspotTurns a smartphone into a Wi-Fi hotspot. See cellular hotspot.cellular modem
3G or 4G service for a computer. See cellular modem.DataTACEarlier low-speed packet data network from Motient noted for its deep penetration within buildings (formerly ARDIS). See DataTAC.DECTEuropean cordless telephone standard. See DECT.dispatch radioTwo-way radio used for taxis, trucks and fleets. Always on. See two-way radio.DSL gatewayThe device that adds DSL service to a home or office. See cable/DSL gateway.dual-mode handsetCellphone that switches from analog to digital or from land based to satellite or from cordless to cellular.EDGE(Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution) The slower data rate in GSM and TDMA systems, up to 384 Kbps. See cellular generations.Ethernet adapterPrinted circuit board that adds Ethernet to a computer. See Ethernet adapter.Free Space OpticsUsing infrared lasers to transmit through the air. See free space optics.GlobalstarSecond major LEO-based global communications system. Initially for voice, it was launched in late 1999. See Globalstar.GPRS(General Packet Radio Service) Adding IP packets to GSM. See cellular generations.GSM(Global System for Mobile Communications) Digital TDMA-based cellphone system that started in Europe. Introduced SIM card and short messaging (SMS). See GSM.HDML(Handheld Device Markup Language) Forerunner of WML, developed by Phone.com.HDR(High Data Rate) A high-speed CDMA data technology from Qualcomm for existing cdmaOne voice networks or new data networks. Provides 2.4 Mbps/384 Kbps asymmetric operation. See Qualcomm HDR.HIPERLANEuropean wireless LAN standard at 24 Mbps in the 5 GHz band. Similar to Ethernet but with quality of service (QoS). See HIPERLAN.HomeRFEarlier wireless personal area network (PAN). Used 2.4 GHz band at 1 or 2 Mbps within 150 foot range. See HomeRF.hotspotThe transmission range of a Wi-Fi network. See Wi-Fi hotspot.HSPAHigh-speed 3G and 4G cellular service. See HSPA.iDEN(Integrated Digital Enhanced Network) A wireless system from Motorola that integrates voice, data, short messages and dispatch radio. Used by Nextel and others. See iDEN.i-modePacket-based information service for mobile phones from NTT DoCoMo (Japan). First to provide Web browsing from cellphones. See i-mode.IMT-20003G wireless from the ITU. See IMT-2000.IridiumThe first LEO-based global communications system. Launched in 1998, went into Chapter 11 in 1999 and resurrected in 2000. See Iridium.IS-54First-generation TDMA in 1991. See TDMA.IS-95Standard for CDMA networks. See CDMA and IS-95.IS-136Second-generation TDMA in 1994. Also called "Digital AMPS" or "D-AMPS." See IS-136.ISM band(Industrial, Scientific and Medical band) Unlicensed spectrum typically in the 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.7 GHz bands. Requires spread spectrum techniques at 1 watt. See ISM band.ITFS(Instructional TV Fixed Service) Licensed spectrum in the 2.5-2.6 GHz band.LMDS(Local Multipoint Distribution Service) Licensed spectrum above 20 GHz. Range is about four miles. See LMDS.LTE4G cellular tecnology. See 4G and cellular generations.MDS(Multipoint Distribution Service) Licensed spectrum in the 2.1 GHz band.microbrowserA Web browser specialized for a smartphone or PDA. See smartphone.mobile broadband routerDevice that creates a hotspot from 3G/4G service. See mobile broadband router.MMDS(Multipoint Multichannel Distribution Service) Licensed spectrum in the 2.5-2.6 GHz band. Range is 30 miles or more. See MMDS.MSA(Metropolitan Service Area) An urban area with at least 50,000 people plus surrounding counties. There are 306 MSAs and 428 RSAs in U.S.NextelNationwide wireless operator that acquired numerous SMR companies and merged with Sprint. See Nextel.NFC(Near Field Communication) Very close range wireless. See NFC.NFMI(Near Field Magnetic Induction) Very close range wireless. See NFMI.NMT(Nordic Mobile Telephone) First analog cellphone system in 1979 in Scandinavian countries.NTT DoCoMoWireless division of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, Japan. See NTT DoCoMo.OpenAirEarlier wireless LAN standard based on Proxim's RangeLAN2 products. See OpenAir.Openwave Systems (formerly Phone.com)Major contributor to WAP and leader in microbrowsers and WAP gateways/application servers. See Openwave.Optical Wireless CommunicationTransmitting light pulses through the air. See optical wireless communication.PAN(Personal Area Network) A wireless network that serves an individual user. See WPAN.PCS(Personal Communications Service) Digital cellphone systems in 2 GHz range. Mostly GSM. See PCS.PDC(Personal Digital Communications) Digital cellphone system in Japan. See PDC.Phone.comFormer name of Openwave Systems. See Openwave.PHS(Personal Handyphone System) Microcellular phone service introduced in Japan in mid-1995. See PHS.RAM networkEarlier name for BellSouth Network. See BellSouth Intelligent Wireless Network.RangeLAN2Earlier wireless LAN geared for office from Proxim. See RangeLAN.RicochetAn early wireless Internet service initially deployed in Silicon Valley, Seattle and Washington, D.C. See Ricochet.rogue access pointAn unauthorized access point either put in place by employees or attackers. See rogue access point.RSA(Rural Service Area) There are 428 RSAs and 306 MSAs in the U.S. See MSA.short messagingSending small text messages to cellphones. GSM pioneered Short Message Service (SMS), now used in all digital cellphones. See SMS.SIM cardSmart card that gives cellphone its user identity. Allows phones to be easily rented or borrowed. See SIM card.smartphoneA digital cellular phone that is also a handheld general-purpose computer. See smartphone.SMR(Specialized Mobile Radio) Dispatch radio for taxis, trucks and fleets. Nextel aggregated many SMR companies. See SMR and Nextel.SMS(Short Messaging Service) GSM coined the phrase, but similar text messaging is used in most digital cellphone systems. See GSM.supplicantThe client in a wireless authentication session. See 802.1X.SWAP(Shared Wireless Access Protocol) Protocol used in HomeRF. See HomeRF.SymphonyWireless LAN geared for the home from Proxim. See Symphony.tabletA general-purpose computer contained in a single panel. See tablet.TACS(Total Access Communications System) Analog cellphone system in Europe based on AMPS. See TACS.TDMA(Time Division Multiple Access) Air interface for digital cellphones that interleaves data in time slots. See TDMA.travel routerA compact device for creating hotspots from cellular service. See cellular hotspot.UMTS(Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) European implementation of 3G. See UMTS.UP.BrowserFormer name of Openwave's microbrowser. Versions for HDML and WML are available. See Openwave Mobile Browser.UP.Link ServerFormer name of Openwave's WAP gateway and application server. See Openwave Mobile Access Gateway.UWC-1363G data rates for TDMA. See UWC-136.WAP(Wireless Access Protocol) A wireless communications environment for delivering Web data to wireless terminals with minimal screen display. See WAP.WAP gatewaySoftware that takes raw WML data and compiles it for the microbrowser and vice versa. See WAP.WCDMA(Wideband CDMA) A 3G data service for GSM carriers. See WCDMA.WCN(Windows Connect Now) A simpler method for configuring new devices in a Wi-Fi network. See Windows Connect Now.WCS(Wireless Communications Service) Licensed spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band.Web clippingExcerpting relevant information from a Web page for display on a smartphone or PDA.WEPFirst 802.11 security protocol, which was superseded by WPA and 802.11i. See WEP.WHDITransmitting multimedia signals wireless at 5 GHz within a room. See WHDI.Wibree(Wireless Bree) Ultra-low power version of Bluetooth. See Bluetooth.Wi-FiA local wireless network. See Wi-Fi.Wi-Fi CallingMaking phone calls over an 802.11 Wi-Fi network. See Wi-Fi calling.WiGigTransmitting multimedia signals wireless at 60 GHz within a room. See WiGig.WiMAXA high-speed 4G broadband service (IEEE 802.16 standard). See WiMAX and wireless broadband.WIN(Wireless Intelligent Network) Transaction processing infrastructure for wireless systems. See WIN.wireless adapterA device that adds wireless to a desktop or laptop machine. See wireless adapter.wireless bridgeA device used to transmit and receive radio frequencies over the air between two LANs.wireless broadbandHigh-speed wireless transmission. See wireless broadband.wireless chargingTransmitting power to a device over the air. See wireless charging.wireless gatewayA wireless base station that allows sharing of a single Internet connection. See cable/DSL gateway.wireless home phoneUsing a cellular data plan with a regular phone at home. See wireless home phone.WirelessHDTransmitting multimedia signals wireless at 60 GHz within a room. See WirelessHD.wireless headsetA telephone headset that transmits wireless to a base station. See headset.wireless LANA local area network that uses radio frequency transmission over the air. Wi-Fi is the standard, and it works like a cellular phone system. See wireless LAN and Wi-Fi.wireless modemModem and antenna for analog and digital cellphones, CDPD, DataTAC, BellSouth Intelligent Wireless Network, etc. See wireless modem.wireless networkAny communications system that transmits over the air. See wireless network.wireless portalA website that supports users with smartphones or alphanumeric pagers. See wireless portal.wireless repeaterA device that extends the range of a wireless signal. See range extender and Wi-Fi extender.wireless resellerAn organization that sells wireless services under its own name, but uses the mobile networks of other service providers.wireless routerA network device that combines Wi-Fi, a LAN switch and router in one box. See wireless router.wireless service provider (WSP)Any organization that delivers wireless services to its customers.wireless USB (WUSB)Wireless version of USB using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. Used to transmit the content of a laptop screen to a TV set. See wireless USB.wireless WANA wide area network that uses radio frequency transmission of data over the air. It is typically provided by the cellular carriers. See wireless WAN.WISPAn ISP that provides wireless connectivity. See WISP.WISPrTechnology for making wireless LANs function like a cellphone system. See WISPr.WLANSee wireless LAN.WLIF(Wireless LAN Interoperability Forum) Earlier membership group that endorsed OpenAir. See WLIF.WML(Wireless Markup Language) Language used to design WAP Web pages. See WML.WMM(Wi-Fi Multimedia) Prioritization of data in Wi-Fi networks. See Wi-Fi Multimedia.WPA(Wi-Fi Protected Access) Wi-Fi Alliance standard for wireless security. Supersedes WEP. WPA provides partial support of 802.11i; WPA2 provides full support. See WPA.WPAN(Wireless Personal Area Network) A wireless network that serves an individual user. See WPAN.WPBX(Wireless PBX) A PBX that supports cordless telephone calls.WPS(Wi-Fi Protected Setup) A simpler method for configuring new devices in a Wi-Fi network. See Wi-Fi Protected Setup.End of Wireless Glossary.
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