Key Technical Terms

ATM— Asynchronous transfer mode. This is a new networking technology that can be used in wide area networks as well as local area networks.

BIOS— Basic input output system. The BIOS is a software code that controls all data transferred to and from the PC host's central processing unit (CPU) or microprocessor chip.

CAT-5e— This designates enhanced CAT-5 cable that can operate at speeds up to 1 Gbps.

Crossover cable— This is a patch cable with transmit and receive pairs switched. Transmit at one end of the cable connects into receive at the other into the cable and vice versa. Crossover cables are used to connect hubs to switches or switches to switches. A crossover cable can also be used to connect one PC host to another PC ...

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