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Access Point A networking device that seamlessly connects wired and wireless networks together.
Ad Hoc An Ad Hoc wireless LAN is a group of computers, each with wireless adapters, connected as an independent wireless LAN.
AES AES stands for Advanced Encryption System, which utilizes a symmetric 128-bit clock data encryption. This is an option within the WPA-PSK encryption method.
Backbone This is the core infrastructure of a network, the portion of the network that transports information from one central location to another central location. The information is then off-loaded onto a local system.
Base Station In mobile telecommunication, a base station is the central radio transmitter/receiver that maintains communication with the mobile radio telephone sets within range. In cellular and personal communications applications, each cell or microcell has its own base station; each base station in turn is interconnected with other cells' bases.
Bridge An internetworking function that incorporates the lowest two layers of the OSI network protocol model.
BSS An acronym for Basic Service Set, this is an Access Point that is associated with several wireless stations.
ESS An acronym for Extended Service Set, this is a roaming domain. More than one BSS can be configured as an Extended Service Set.
Ethernet A popular local area data communications network that accepts transmission from computers and terminals. An Ethernet operates on a 10-Mbps baseband transmission over shielded coaxial cable or over shielded, twisted-pair telephone wire.
Infrastructure This is an integrated wireless and wired LAN configuration. In this type of setup, a wireless network is created by wireless adapters connecting to a wireless router or access point. The wireless router or access point can be connected to a broadband modem or to an existing LAN to supply Internet connectivity to the wireless network.
Roaming A function that allows one to travel with a mobile end system (wireless LAN mobile station, for example) through the territory of a domain (an ESS, for example) while continuously connecting to the infrastructure.
SSID SSID stands for Service Set Identifier. This is the network name that is used to identify a specific wireless network.
PSK PSK stands for Pre Shared Key. This is an element of the WPA encryption standard.
TKIP TKIP stands for Temporal Key Integrity Protocol. TKIP utilizes a stronger encryption method and incorporates Message Integrity Code (MIC) to provide protection against hackers. This is an option within the WPA-PSK encryption method.
WEP WEP stands for Wired Equivaent Privacy. This is an encryption standard that provides a level of security and privacy that is comparable to what is usually expected of a wired LAN.
WPA WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access. This is an encryption standard that is an improvement on the WEP standard. WPA provides more sophisticated encryption and user authentication.


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