Advanced Technology Solutions: Technical Terms and FAQs

When searching for technology solutions for your project or business, a lot of different technical terms can be used. The highly qualified team of technology experts at Qypsys put together this FAQs guide of technology terms and frequently asked questions to help.

Connectivity Solutions: Solving Data Transmission Challenges

At Qypsys, we build future-ready connectivity solutions that focus on meeting data transmission demands. We’ll discuss some FAQs and some of the more common terms we use when discussing data transmission technology solutions with our clients.

Data Transmission

It refers to the process of transferring data between two or more digital devices, essentially allowing the devices to speak to each other. And secure transmission refers to transferring data that is confidential or proprietary in nature, over a secure channel which often requires a type of encryption.

Measuring Data Transmission

The two most common ways to measure data transmission include measuring the bandwidth and throughput.

Bandwidth and Throughput

Bandwidth, in terms of internet usage, is the volume of information that can be sent over an internet connection in a measured amount of time. Bandwidth is calculated in megabits per second (Mbps). This is different from measuring throughput or speed which is the rate at which data can be successfully transferred from a source to a destination.

A common metaphor that can help illustrate the difference between bandwidth and throughput, uses the example of water flowing through a pipe. Bandwidth refers to the diameter of the pipe or capacity. Throughput refers to how quickly the water can flow from one end of the pipe to the other.

Using Networks to Handle Data Transmission FAQs

Qypsys builds high-tech, advanced technology using networks to deliver scalable, flexible, and reliable solutions for businesses. But before discussing the advanced network options available, let’s cover the basics first.

What is a Network?

A computing network consists of a group of two or more devices such as computers, tablets, printers, etc. (nodes) connected in some way allowing them to share information, data, and resources.

What is a Node?

In terms of a network, a node is a single device on a network such as a computer, tablet, printer, scanner, etc. And each node has a unique address.

Types of Area Networks

The two most common types of area networks are: Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN).

Local Area Network (LAN)

A local area network is comprised of a group of interconnected devices, such as computers, printers, scanners, etc. within a small geographical area such as a home, school, or office. When deviced are interconnected on a LAN it allows them to ‘communicate’ and share information. LANs are typically owned by a single organization, such as a business.

Wide Area Network (WAN)

A wide area network is a network that exists over a large-scale geographical area. It can be used to connect different LANs together, so users at one location can ‘communicate’ and share information with users in other locations.

Fiber Optic Networks and Converged Network Solutions FAQs

Qypsys uses fiber optic networks to deliver solutions to some of the most common technology and network challenges.

What is a Fiber-Optic Network?

A fiber-optic network is a method of using fiber-optic communication channels to transmit information from one node to another on an inter-connected network by sending pulses of infrared light through an optical fiber. This type of network is known for being able to carry information over relatively long distances with low distortion.

Private Broadband

Qypsys private broadband networks run on a fiber-based infrastructure which facilitates the transmission of multiple technologies between inter-connected network nodes and has the capacity needed to satisfy the latest technologies and speeds. This prevents network slow downs due to bandwidth limitations.

Converged Networks

A converged network is a type of fiber-optic network. It is a single network that can carry voice calls, data, video traffic, etc. And they are much faster and more reliable than the older copper-based networks that they are quickly replacing.

Wireless Networks FAQs

Wireless Service Providers (WSPs) are companies that offer transmission services to users of wireless devices, such as laptop and cell phone users. They often use cellular networks, wireless networks, and other technology solutions as methods for transmitting information.

Small Cell

Because Wireless Service Providers (WSPs) are often not able to meet coverage demands, Qypsys Small Cell solution is often a great solution for small to medium sized businesses. It delivers a customized coverage/capacity model for smaller venues seeking only one or two WSPs. It can be rapidly deployed to eliminate dead zones and expand network capacity.

Cellular Networks and Technology Solutions FAQs

Qypsys cellular technology solutions are another option for addressing today’s coverage and capacity demands. Some of these include:

Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)

A DAS is a network of separated antenna nodes, spaced out but all connected to a common source via a transport medium. It is used to provide wireless service to a building or area.

Public Safety Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)

A Public Safety DAS (Distributed Antenna System) system is a built-in wireless radio system that supplies radio signals to first responders for communication during emergencies. Most buildings are required by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) to have these systems installed.

Qypsys Public Safety DAS Systems are Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems (ERRCS) designed to meet the following public safety system requirements:

  • National Fire Protection (NFP) / National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Safety Codes
  • International Fire Code (IFC) Requirements
  • Local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to satisfy local coverage testing protocols.

Contact Qypsys for More FAQs Information

If you have any additional FAQs, please contact Qypsys with your questions and our team of experts will help answer them as best possible.