Glossary W-Z






WAN (Wide Area Network): A general term referring to a large network spanning a country or around the world. The Internet is a WAN. A public mobile communication system such as a cellular or PCS network is a WAN.

WAP (Wireless Application Protocol): Wireless Application Protocol is a set of standards that enables wireless devices, such as phones, pagers and palm devices, to browse content from specially-coded Web pages.

Wi-Fi® (Wireless Fidelity): Wi-Fi provides Wi-Fi-enabled devices (e.g. laptops, tablets, smartphones) with wireless Internet access to the immediate local area and is used in homes, businesses and other similar settings. Wi-Fi does not use 3G/4G wireless networks.

Wi-Max (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access): A wireless technology based on the IEEE 802.16 standard providing metropolitan area network connectivity for fixed and mobile wireless access at broadband speeds.

Wireless Internet: A general term for using wireless services to access the Internet, e-mail and/or the World Wide Web.

Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN): Using radio frequency (RF) technology, WLANs transmit and receive data wirelessly in a certain area.  This allows users in a small zone to transmit data and share resources, such as printers, without physically connecting each computer with cords or wires.