What is Latency?

In the tech world, slow websites with a high page load time can be frustrating. Latency is another term for a website’s load time. Tammy Everts, an expert at Webperformancetoday.com, defines latency as “the amount of time it takes for the host server to receive and process a request for a page object. The amount of latency depends on how …

What Is Java?

Chances are you’ve visited a website or downloaded a program that insisted you download something called Java before it would work. This can be a pain, especially if you have no idea what Java actually is. According to Lifehacker, “Java is a programming language that developers use to create applications on your computer.” With the web plug-in, you can run …

What Are Cookies And How Do I Enable Them?

Internet cookies might not be as intriguing as actual cookies, but that’s only because they aren’t a delicious dessert. Internet cookies are responsible for a lot of the things we do and benefit from online.   What do cookies do? Cookies are tiny bits of data that websites generate. Cookies get saved by Internet browsers to be used later. A …

What is an Ethernet Cable?

  Often referred to as a wired connection to the Internet, an Ethernet cable can be any of several common network cables used to access the web. Local area networks, referred to as LANs, need Ethernet cables to connect to personal computers and routers. Ethernet cables support either Category 5 (CAT5) or Category 6 (CAT6) industry standards, sometimes both.   …

What is an IP Address?

An IP address is the technology that allows a computer or web-enabled device to communicate with other digital devices when connected to the Internet. IP addresses are how the billions of digital devices around the world are located using tracking and how each device is differentiated from others. The letters “IP” stand for Internet Protocol, which is a set of …

Modem vs. Router

Modems and routers are important parts of a computer network, and they work together to provide an Internet connection. But they are different devices, and they do different jobs. They’re both computer peripherals, external devices that give input and output for your computer. Modems and routers are sometimes referred to as I/O devices. They look similar, usually rectangular, plastic units. …

What’s a Router?

A router is a small device that connects multiple networks – namely, your computer to the Internet. The technical term for a router is a Layer 3 gateway device. There are seven layers in the Open System Interconnection model: Physical, data link, network, transport, session, presentation and application. The upper three levels pertain to connection management; the lower four, hardware …

What’s a DSL Modem?

    A DSL modem is a device that connects your computer or router to the Internet. DSL, which stands for digital subscriber line, uses a telephone line to make the connection between your computer or router and Internet servers. DSL connections call for a different modem type than other means of Internet connection, which is usually offered for purchase …

Home Phone & DSL

Do I Need a Home Phone for DSL? A DSL Internet connection uses home phone line technology, but that doesn’t mean that you have to have an actual home phone. You have the option to get either standalone DSL or Internet and phone bundles. Standalone DSL Internet is just what it sounds like: a dedicated line without a home phone. …

Wireless Internet FAQs

A wireless network is easy to setup whether you have DSL, cable or any other type of Internet. A Wi-Fi network relies on a wireless router, which is simple to install on your own. But, other aspects of wireless networks aren’t as clear. Check out some of the most frequently asked questions about wireless Internet.   What’s a VPN? VPN …