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When you look at a list of features for your communications network, it is helpful to know what all the terms mean. Being more savvy of the insider terms that IT professionals use helps you in selecting quality communications at a great price. As such, we’ve put together a handy list of communications terms to strengthen your IT knowledge.

Data Network

There are several types of data networks, depending on the range the data need to go and the type of communication being used (including LAN, WAN, and MAN). Most modern business communications are in the cloud or on a wireless data network.  A wireless network connects through virtual access points which makes it scalable to the size you need. They are also usually reliable networks over long or short distances.

Ethernet Switches

An ethernet switch is a network controller that allows devices (such as computers and phones) to communicate efficiently. They do this through receiving, processing, then forwarding communication packets (because digital communications are sent in a series of individual packets).


A router connects devices to a larger network at gateways into a network. They can also be used to connect into multiple networks. However, it’s important to know that not all wireless networks are compatible with each other. Be sure to have the right equipment for your wireless network.

Virtual Private Network

One of the biggest problems with wireless networks is they can be hacked.  A virtual private network uses technology to encrypt communications so that sensitive information can be protected. VPNs usually require the user to authenticate a device so that the information is sent securely, and only to recognized devices. Also, there is often a limited amount of data that can be encrypted at one time.

Wireless Connections

Wireless waves are either radio or light waves. They connect networks with less equipment and greater cost savings than wired connections.

Access Controls

A security measure that either grants or limits access to files, programs, or data. This is a great way to keep sensitive data secure and limited to those with an password or authentication key. 

Network Management

IT professionals manage networks with a set of hardware or software tools. These tools allow IT technicians to monitor several components for you including:

  • Devices present on the network
  • The health of all the devices on the network
  • The performance of bandwidth, packet loss, latency, uptime, etc.

Quality business communication services can provide you with set-up, maintenance, system checks, and technical support. Check what is included in your service package. If you have any questions about your communication service or need more in-depth explanation of the technical aspects of your system, contact Beacon Telecom for more information.