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PCs Glossary: W

WAP: Wireless access point; a device that brings wireless connectivity to an existing wired network.

webcam: A video camera that attaches to your computer and allows you to upload images or video to the Web.

WEP: Wired Equivalent Privacy; the encryption for a computer network.

wide-area network (WAN): A computer network that spans a relatively large geographical area. Typically, a WAN consists of two or more local-area networks (LANs).

WiFi: Wireless fidelity; the original 802.11b standard wireless base station.

Windows: The most common operating system on PCs.

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP): A security protocol for wireless local-area networks.

wired network: A network connected by cables.

wireless: Making a connection between computers or a computer and devices without physically connecting them with wires or cables; usually involves using radio signals to send and receive information.

Wireless Access Point (WAP): An intermediary device that exchanges information between various configured wireless devices.

wireless network: A network that features specific equipment, such as network interface cards and routers, in place of wires (copper or optical fiber) for connectivity.

word processor: A computer program in which you generate, edit, store, transmit, or duplicate electronic text documents.

workgroup: Workgroup computing occurs when all the individuals have computers connected to a network that allows them to send e-mail to one another, share data files, and schedule meetings.

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