Archive for the ‘L’ Category

Livebox

September 26, 2007

A Livebox is a broadband wireless router specific to Orange Broadband. It connects up to six computers wirelessly. Users can also plug in a phone and make telephone calls via the internet, and plug in an Xbox or PlayStation 2 to play online.

Liveboxes are included with the Orange Broadband packages Home Max and Home Select.

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Latency

July 10, 2007

Latency is the time that it takes a packet (a small amount of data) to travel between communicating devices (eg an online game an your computer).

With a high latency network, data takes longer to be transmitted – this can effect the performance of applications such as games which need a fast response to operate effectively. For a fast, effective network you need low latency, and high bandwidth.

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Local Loop

June 19, 2007

The local loop is made up of the actual wires between customers’ homes or offices, and the local exchange.  Phone and broadband signals are carried by the local loop.

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LAN – Local Area Network

June 19, 2007

A local area network, or LAN, is simply a network of computers and devices (eg workstation, computer, printer) linked together – and limited to a particular area (for example a home, office, floor of an office, or collection of buildings). Because they share facilities such as servers and printers, they are more efficient that separate pc-and-printer set-ups.

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Local Loop Unbundling – LLU

April 2, 2007

The Local Loop consists of the wires between exchanges and homes or businesses. Local Loop Unbundlers are ISPs who put their own equipment into or near to BT exchanges – they can then offer improved broadband services along the wires from the exchange to the socket in your home. Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) refers to this process.

As their equipment is more up to date than that already in the exchange, LLU operators can typically offer faster broadband speeds.

LLU providers have unbundled in stages and in some areas it has not been economical for an ISP to offer unblundled services.

Local loop unbundling increases competition and widens choice for many people – without it, broadband via a phone line would be limited to BT, or to broadband providers reselling bandwidth they have themselves bought from BT Wholesale.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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