Archive for the ‘R’ Category

Really Simple Syndication – RSS

August 20, 2007

RSS, or really simple syndication as it usually (but not always) refers to, is a way of providing or receiving news feeds of new and updated content from websites and blogs. As a user, this saves you time as you no longer have to visit lots of sites you are interested in to find out if their content has been updated.

To receive RSS feeds you will need a news/feed reader or aggregator, which can be browser based or software. Then you simply click on the RSS link (often a small orange symbol) on the website or blog from which you want to receive a feed.

Some people refer to RSS as Rich Site Summary.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Router

June 17, 2007

A router is a device that sits at a gateway between two networks and sends (or routes) small packets of information across the internet to their next network points (where more routers will forward the packets on). Routers work out the most efficient route to send the packets by. Routers can also act as firewalls.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Sam Knows – The Broadband Resource

April 6, 2007

The Broadband Resource, also known as SamKnows, is an established not-for-profit website providing UK broadband availability information to consumers and businesses in the UK.

The site has been a resource for many organisations who campaigned for broadband availability before it became available across the UK. SamKnows continues to provide industry information, comprehensive broadband availability checkers, coverage maps, FAQs, broadband acronyms, and more.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Contention Ratio

March 29, 2007

Contention ratio refers to how many other subscribers share the network connection between you and the exchange. Contention is a feature of ADSL broadband. So a contention ratio of, say, 50:1 this means that 50 subscribers share that bandwidth. The more subscribers sharing the bandwidth then the slower your connection will be. 50:1 is common for a residential package although business packages often have lower contention ratios, eg of 20:1 or even 10:1. This is because it is more important for a business to have a robust, reliable and fast broadband service.

Not all broadband providers and ISPs advertise their contention ratios.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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