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

    baseband

    Describes a telecommunication system in which information is carried in digital form on a single unmultiplexed signal channel on the transmission medium.

  • baseboard management controller (BMC)

    A baseboard management controller (BMC) is a specialized service processor that monitors the physical state of a computer, network server or other hardware device using sensors and communicating with the system administrator through an independent connection... (continued)

  • Basic Rate Interface (BRI)

    In the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), there are two levels of service: the Basic Rate Interface (BRI), intended for the home and small enterprise, and the Primary Rate Interface (PRI), for larger users.

  • baud

    Baud was the prevalent measure for data transmission speed until replaced by a more accurate term, bps (bits per second).

  • beamforming

    Beamforming is a type of RF (radio frequency) management in which an access point uses multiple antennas to send out the same signal.

  • Bearer Independent Call Control (BICC)

    Bearer Independent Call Control (BICC) is a signaling protocol based on N-ISUP that is used to support narrowband ISDN service over a broadband backbone network without interfering with interfaces to the existing network and end-to-end services.

  • 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.

  • BGP (Border Gateway Protocol)

    BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) is a protocol that manages how packets are routed across the internet through the exchange of routing and reachability information between edge routers.

  • 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.

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