GLOSSARY OF TERMS
An administrator performs the service of maintaining a network. In the case of this Print Server, the person who sets up the Print Serve and makes changes to the settings.
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. This protocol automatically configures the TCP/IP settings of every computer on your home network.
An IP address that is automatically obtained from a DHCP server.
A standard for computer networks. Ethernet networks are connected by special cables and hubs, and move data around at up to 10 million bits per second (Mbps).
Software stored in memory. Essential programs that remain even when the system is turned off. Firmware is easier to change than hardware but more permanent than software stored on a disk.
IP stands for Internet Protocol. An IP address consists of a series of four numbers separated by periods, that identifies an single, unique Internet computer host. Example: 188.8.131.52.
Local Area Network. A LAN is a group of computers and devices connected together in a relatively small area (such as a house or an office). Your home network is considered a LAN.
MAC stands for Media Access Control. A MAC address is the hardware address of a device connected to a network.
An IP address that is manually configured and never changes.
A subnet mask, which may be a part of the TCP/IP information is a set of four numbers configured like an IP address. It is used to create IP address numbers used only within a particular network (as opposed to valid IP address numbers recognized by the Internet, which must assigned by InterNIC).
Transmission Control Protocol over Internet Protocol. This is the standard protocol for data transmission over the Internet.
User Datagram Protocol. Communications protocol for the Internet network layer, transport layer, and session layer, which makes it possible to send a datagram message from one computer to an application running in another computer. Unlike TCP, UDP is connectionless and does not guarantee reliable communication; the application itself must process any errors and check for reliable delivery.
Wireless Local Area Network. A local area network that connects computers close together via radio (such as 802.11g).