Connectivity FAQs

What is meant by computer connectivity?

Generally, when we think of computer connectivity we are referring to the ability to connect your computer to the Internet, to a network or to another computer.

What is a network?

A network usually refers to a group of two or more computers that are linked together in some way. Some types of computer networks include:

  • Local Area Network (LAN): Computers are geographically close together
  • Wide Area Network (WAN): Computers are connected by phone lines or radio waves
  • Campus Area Network (CAN): Computers are connected in a campus or military base style
  • Metropolitan Area Network (MAN): A computer network located in a large city
  • Home Area Network (HAN): A home-based computer network.

What are the primary types of Internet connections?

  • Broadband
  • Cable
  • Dial-Up
  • DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)
  • Fibre
  • Leased Line
  • Satellite
  • Wireless

How can I learn more about the types of Internet connections?

Visit the Internet. There are many websites that describe Internet connectivity and the costs, speeds, pros, cons and types of connections available. Take a look at: http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/internet101/tp/What-Broadband-Internet-Choices-Are-Available.htm

What is bandwidth?

There are two types of computer related bandwidths. The first type of bandwidth refers to the amount of computer network data (information) that can be transmitted over a connection in a specific time period. This type of bandwidth is usually measured in bits per second (bps). The second type of bandwidth involves the band of frequencies by electronic signals used for electronic communication. Both high and low frequencies are measured in the form of hertz – the number of change cycles per second.