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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Teach Clients about Small Business Networking Terms

You need to talk to your small business clients about networking terms and “buzzwords” so you can make sure you are both speaking the same language when it comes to technology support. You can even give them a reference sheet based on the definitions below in order to help you with small business networking pre-sales.

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Small Business Networking Terms

1. 802.11a is wireless Ethernet standard that allows you to transmit data at up to 54 Mbps and works in the 5-6Ghz range.

2. 802.11b is the most sophisticated of the available wireless Ethernet standards. It allows you to transmit networking data at up to 11 Mbps and is also called “WiFi” that works in the 2.4 Ghz range.

3. 802.11g is a work in progress. It’s an Ethernet standard that will allow for data networking transmission speeds of up to 54Mbps and operates in the 2.4Ghz range.

4. CAT5 is a Category 5 Cable and a copper, unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable that can transmit voice and data communications at up to 100Mbps and 1000Mbps for Ethernet networking.

5. A Client/Server Network has a dedicated server that is uses to share information.

6. Ethernet Network Adapter is a general term for network adapter or network interface card.

7. IDE stands for “integrated drive electronics” and is a lower-cost interface than SCSI. It connects internal peripherals such as hard drives, CD-ROM drives and tape backup drives.

8. LAN stands for “Local Area Network” and is a set of computers and peripherals that are connected together so they can share resources and have instant communications. Small business LANs are usually connected physically with Ethernet network adapters and CAT5. They can be extended to other geographic locations making them metropolitan area networks (MAN) or wide area network (WAN).

9. A Network Integrator is a computer services business that designs, installs and maintains computer systems and software. A lot of computer consultants are also network integrators.

Added By: Joshua Feinberg