The world of broadband is full of acronyms and technical jargon which can make it difficult to decide what service is right for your business. Take a look at our simple descriptions.
Streaming - A method of transferring data so that it can processed as a steady or constant stream. This is in contrast to downloading, where the whole file must be transferred to the user's computer before it can be viewed. Streaming is normally used as a means of viewing media without actually downloading the information, essentially listening to or watching media ‘live’.
Mb/s or Mbps - A megabit per second refers to the speed of your broadband connection. This is the rate at which one Mb of information is transferred. For example, with a connection speed of 8Mbps, data is transferred at a rate of 8 megabits (or one megabyte) per second.
Router - This is a piece of hardware that allows 2 networks to be connected so that data can be transferred between them.
Server - This is a host computer on a network that stores information, such as websites, and responds to requests for information.
Upload - This is the process of transferring data from your computer hard drive to a remote location.
Fibre Optic Broadband - Fibre optic internet runs via special glass cables under the ground. It doesn't require the copper wires used for your land-line, like standard ADSL broadband, so it's faster and more stable.