Appendix D. Glossary

10-BASE T Ethernet

Standard for wired networks that use phone-like plugs.

3G

A catchall term used to refer to a proprietary high-speed wireless network using spectrums leased by telecommunications carriers that is proposed and/or has partially been developed.

802.11

The general standard for wireless networking, defined by the IEEE.

802.11a

A relatively new version of the 802.11 wireless standard that is faster than 802.11b (it runs at speeds up to 25Mbps) and uses the 5GHz spectrum. 802.11a is not backward compatible with 802.11b, the older flavor of Wi-Fi.

802.11b

Original flavor of 802.11 wireless networking, or Wi-Fi. 802.11b uses the 2.4GHz spectrum and has a theoretical speed of 11 Mbps.

802.11g

The current most popular version ...

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