Bandwidth

Bandwidth refers to the amount of information that can be carried in a given time period (usually a second) over a wired or wireless communications link. It is described as Kbps, Mbps or Gbps. In general, more bandwidth equals a faster network.

Ethernet

Ehternet is the most widely installed Local Area Network (LAN) technology. It is specified in an international standard, IEE 802.3. Ethernet offers a simplified way to connect your business; BGMU handles the technical details of security and connectivity.

Fiber Optic

Fiber optic (or "optical fiber") refers to the medium and the technology associated with the transmission of information as light impulses along a glass or plastic wire or fiber. Fiber optic wire carries more information than conventional copper wire and is far less subject to electromagnetic interference.

Gbps

Gbps stands for billions of bits per second and is a measure of bandwidth on a digital data transmission medium such as optical fiber. With slower media (usually traditional copper wires) and protocols, bandwidth may be in the Mbps (millions of bits or megabits per second) or the Kbps (thousands of bits or kilobits per second) range.

LAN

LAN stands for local area network and is a group of computers and associated devices that share a common communications line within a small geographic area (office building). A LAN may serve as few as two or three users or as many as thousands of users.

Mbps

Mbps stands for millions of bits per second or megabits per second. It is a measure of bandwidth (the total information flow over a given time) on a telecommunications medium. Depending on the medium and the transmission method, bandwidth is also sometimes measured in the Kbps (thousands of bits per second) range or the Gbps (billions of bits per second) range. As reference, a traditional modem produces between 28.8 and 56 Kbps or 28,000 to 56,000 bits per second.

Network Operations Center (NOC)

A network operations center (NOC) is a place from which a telecommunications network is supervised, monitored and maintained. Large entities and large network service providers typically have a network operations center, which includes a room containing visualizations of the network(s) that are being monitored, work stations at which the detailed status of the network can be seen and the necessary software to manage the networks. The NOC is the focal point for network troubleshooting, software distribution and updating, router management, performance monitoring and coordination with affiliated networks. Additionally, other services such as disaster recovery, data storage and web hosting are offered.

Router

In networks such as the Internet, a router is a device that determines the next network point to which data should be forwarded. The router is connected to at least two networks and decides which way to send information based on its current understanding of available routes and their conditions, distance and cost algorithms. Typically, information may travel through many network points with routers before arriving at its destination. Routers require careful setup and regular maintenance to ensure connectivity and security.