Networking Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing networking and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • B

    Bel

    In electronics and communications, the Bel expresses the logarithmic ratio between two levels of signal power, voltage, or current.

  • Bellcore (Bell Communications Research)

    Bellcore (Bell Communications Research) provides certain centralized research and standards coordination for the regional Bell operating companies (RBOC)s.

  • BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network)

    BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) is a mobile communications system created to transmit broadband wireless voice and data communications almost anywhere on the earth's surface.

  • Big Switch Big Network Controller

    Big Network Controller is the SDN controller for the Open Software Defined Network (SDN), a product suite for network virtualization released in November of 2012 by Big Switch Networks.

  • Big Switch Networks

    Big Switch Networks is a network virtualization and SDN (software-defined networking) company that was founded in 2010.

  • Big Switch Networks Big Tap

    Big Tap is a network monitoring application that runs on Big Network Controller, the SDN controller for the Open Software-Defined Network (SDN).

  • Big Switch Networks Big Virtual Switch

    Big Virtual Switch is a data center network virtualization application that runs on Big Network Controller, the SDN controller for the Open Software-Defined Network (SDN).

  • big-endian and little-endian

    Big-endian and little-endian are terms that describe the order in which a sequence of bytes are stored in computer memory.

  • bit rate

    In digital telecommunication, the bit rate is the number of bits that pass a given point in a telecommunication network in a given amount of time, usually a second.

  • bit robbing

    Bit robbing is a technique used in signaling on the T-carrier system, the widely-used system for transmitting both voice and data in digital form in the public switched telephone network (PSTN) and in private networks.

  • bit stream

    A bit stream is a contiguous sequence of bits, representing a stream of data, transmitted continously over a communications path, serially (one at a time).

  • bit stuffing

    Bit stuffing is the insertion of one or more bits into a transmission unit as a way to provide signaling information to a receiver... (Continued)

  • bits per second (bps or bit/sec)

    In data communications, bits per second (abbreviated bps or bit/sec) is a common measure of data speed for computer modems and transmission carriers.

  • BNC (Bayonet Neil-Concelman or British Naval Connector)

    A BNC (Bayonet Neil-Concelman, or sometimes British Naval Connector) connector is used to connect a computer to a coaxial cable in a 10BASE-2 Ethernet network. 10BASE-2 is a 10 MHz baseband network on a cable extending up to 185 meters - the 2 is a rounding up to 200 meters - without a repeater cable.

  • BOC (Bell operating company)

    BOC (Bell operating company) is a term for any of the 22 original companies (or their successors) that were created when AT&T was broken up in 1983 and given the right to provide local telephone service in a given geographic area.

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