We know that tech jargon can sometimes be a little hard to follow, so we’ve put together this glossary of some common wireless terms to help you make sense of it all.
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Wi-Fi When you install Wi-Fi (wireless networking) in your home, you’re basically creating a network where devices like computers and smartphones can connect to the internet without any extra cables. When you’re using your wireless device in places like the airport or library, or even your local coffee shop, you’re likely using their wireless network to access the internet while you’re there.
Roaming When you use your wireless device anywhere outside of Canada it means you’re roaming. So if you’re outside the country and you call, text, or email someone back in Canada, you’re using a foreign cellular network, which means you’ll likely be charged for using your phone while you’re there. Don’t want to pay those extra charges? Enroll in Roam Like Home before you go or turn data roaming on your phone off when you travel
Streaming Streaming means that instead of downloading files that take up space on your hard drive, you’re accessing the content temporarily, and only while you’re on the internet. Streaming is great for watching or listening to content on any device (e.g. smartphone, tablet, laptop), and it works better when you have a faster internet connection, since you’re listening or watching in real-time using a broadband internet connection.
Data When you access the internet on your wireless device, you’re using data. So if you like sending emails, posting pics on Instagram, and streaming YouTube videos on your device, make sure your wireless plan covers you for the amount of data you’ll need in a typical month so that you can avoid overage charges.
GB Everything you do on the internet, like viewing a website or sending an email, can be measured in bytes. A megabyte (MB) is about 1,024 kilobytes, and a gigabyte (GB) is about 1,024 megabytes. Your wireless plan only covers you for a certain amount of MB or GB per month, so it’s a good idea to keep track of your usage to make sure that you don’t go over your limit. Luckily you can easily see your daily and monthly usage in your MyRogers account.
Broadband Broadband internet is commonly referred to as high-speed internet. There are various types of broadband in Canada, including DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), Fibre-Optic, Cable, Satellite, and Mobile. Each of these types delivers internet in its own way. For example, fibre-optic broadband internet uses fibre lines to deliver data while cable broadband internet uses the same cable that’s used to deliver your television data.
LTE LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. It’s the fastest wireless technology available, much faster than 3G or 4G HSPA+. What does that mean for you? LTE gives you a faster internet experience, with the capability to download large files and stream high-definition movies like never before.
Fibre Optic Fibre is broadband internet delivered over fibre-optic cables that use light to transmit data signals faster than copper wires or coax cables.
Coaxial Cable Coax is the name of the cable that plugs directly into your HD Box to deliver cable TV to your home.
Spectrum Spectrum is the name for invisible electromagnetic frequencies that are used to transmit data through the air. When you watch TV, listen to the radio, make a phone call or send a Tweet from your wireless device, you’re using different parts of the same spectrum.
Net Neutrality Net Neutrality is the principle that all internet content should be treated the same and that your internet services provider (ISP) must disclose how they manage their networks.