Appendix a: glossary – NetComm NP642 User Manual

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NP642 IEEE 802.11g PCI Adapter


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APPENDIX A: Glossary

Access Point:

An internetworking device that seamlessly connects wired and

wireless networks.


An independent wireless LAN network formed by a group of

computers, each with a network adapter.

AP Client:

One of the additional AP operating modes offered by a 54Mbps

Access Point, which allows the Access Point to act as an Ethernet-

to-Wireless Bridge, thus a LAN or a single computer station can join

a wireless ESS network through it.


American Standard Code for Information Interchange, ASCII, is one

of the two formats that you can use for entering the values for WEP

key. It represents English letters as numbers from 0 to 127.

Authentication Type: Indication of an authentication algorithm which can be supported by

the Access Point.

1. Open System: Open System authentication is the simplest

of the available authentication algorithms. Essentially it is a null

authentication algorithm. Any station that requests authentication

with this algorithm may become authenticated if 802.11

Authentication Type at the recipient station is set to Open System


2. Shared Key: Shared Key authentication supports authentication

of stations as either a member of those who knows a shared secret

key or a member of those who does not.


The core infrastructure of a network, which transports information

from one central location to another where the information is

unloaded into a local system.