P - Definitions

  • P

    packet

    A packet is the unit of data that is routed between an origin and a destination on the Internet or any other packet-switched network.

  • packet filtering

    On the Internet, packet filtering is the process of passing or blocking packets at a network interface based on source and destination addresses, ports, or protocols.

  • packet loss

    Packet loss is the failure of one or more transmitted packets to arrive at their destination... (Continued)

  • packet mangling

    Packet mangling is the modification of packets at a packet-based network interface before and/or after routing.

  • Packet-Level Procedure (PAP)

    PAP (Packet-Level Procedure) is a full-duplex protocol for transferring packets between parties in an X.25 network.

  • packet-switched

    Packet-switched describes the type of network in which relatively small units of data called packets are routed through a network based on the destination address contained within each packet.

  • PacketHound

    PacketHound is a product that aims to help an enterprise regulate traffic that might otherwise slow services down for all users of a local area network.

  • PAIR (Policy Analysis of Internet Routing)

    The Policy Analysis of Internet Routing (PAIR) project is a Merit Network initiative dedicated to developing tools that Internet service providers (ISPs), network operators, and end users can use to troubleshoot Internet routing and policy problems.

  • Parlay

    Parlay (pronounced PAHR-LAY as in the French verb "parler" - to speak) is an evolving set of specifications for industry-standard application programming interfaces (APIs) for managing network "edge" services such as call control, messaging, and content-based charging.

  • passive FTP

    Passive FTP (sometimes referred to as PASV FTP because it involves the FTP PASV command) is a more secure form of data transfer in which the flow of data is set up and initiated by the File Transfer Program (FTP) client rather than by the FTP server program.

  • patch antenna

    A patch antenna is a wafer-like directional antenna suitable for covering single-floor small offices, small stores and other indoor locations where access points cannot be placed centrally.

  • patch cord

    A patch cord is a length of cable, with connectors on the ends, that is used to connect an end device to something else, such as a power source.

  • patch panel

    A network patch panel is a mounted hardware unit containing ports used to interconnect and manage LAN cables as well as connect them to the internet and wide area networks.

  • path

    In a computer operating system, a path is the route through a file system to a particular file.

  • PCS (personal communications service)

    PCS (personal communications service) is a wireless phone service similar to cellular telephone service but emphasizing personal service and extended mobility. (Continued...)

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