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Glossary of Network Acronyms

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AAA
Authentication Authorization and Accounting
ACL
Access Control List
ADSL
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
AES
Advanced Encryption Standard
AH
Authentication Header
AM
Amplitude Module
APIPA
Automatic Private Internet Protocol Addressing
ARIN
American Registry for Internet Numbers
ARP
Address Resolution Protocol
ASP
Application Service Provider
ATM
Asychronous Transfer Mode
BERT
Bit-Error Rate Test
BGP
Border Gateway Protocol
BNC
British Naval Connector/Bayonet Niell-Concelman
BootP
Boot Protocol/Bootstrap Protocol
BPDU
Bridge Protocol Data Unit
BRI
Basic Rate Interface
CARP
Common Address Redundancy Protocol
CHAP
Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol
CIDR
Classless Inter Domain Routing
CNAME
Canonical Name
CRAM-MD5
Challenge-Response Authentication Mechanism - Message Digest 5
CSMA / CA
Carrier Sense Multiple Access / Collision Avoidance
CSMA / CD
Carrier Sense Multiple Access / Collision Detection
CSU
Channel Service Unit
dB
Decibels
DHCP
Dynamic Configuration Protocol
DLC
Data Link Control
DMZ
Demilitarized Zone
DNS
Domain Name Service / Domain Name Server / Domain Name System
DOCSIS
Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specification
DoS
Denial of Service
DDoS
Distributed Denial of Service
DSL
Digital Subscriber Line
DSSS
Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum
DSU
Data Service Unit
DWDM
Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing
E1
E-Carrer Level 1
EAP
Extensible Authentication Protocol
EDNS
Extension Mechanisms for DNS
EGP
Exterior Gateway Protocol
EIGRP
Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol
EMI
Electromagnetic Interference
ESD
Electrostatic Discharge
ESSID
Extended Service Set Identifier
ESP
Encapsulated Security Packets
FDDI
Fiber Distributed Data Interface
FDM
Frequency Division Multiplexing
FHSS
Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum
FM
Frequency Modulation
FQDN
Fully Qualified Domain Name / Fully Qualified Distinguished Name
FTP
File Transfer Protocol
GBIC
Gigabit Interface Converter
Gbps
Gaga bits per second
GPG
GNU Privacy Guard
HDLC
High-Level Data Link Control
HIDS
Host Intrusion Detection System
HIPS
Host Intrusion Prevention System
HSPA
High Speed Packet Access
HSRP
Hot Standby Router Protocol
HTTP
Hypertext Transfer Protocol
HTTPS
Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure
Hz
Hertz
IANA
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
ICA
Independent Computer Architecture
ICANN
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
ICMP
Internet Control Message Protocol
ICS
Internet Connection Sharing
IDF
Intermediate Distribution Frame
IDS
Intrustion Detection System
IEEE
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IGMP
Internet Group Multicast Protocol
IGP
Interior Gateway Protocol
IIS
Internet Information Services
IKE
Internet Key Exchange
IMAP4
Internet Message Access Protocol version 4
InterNIC
Internet Network Information Center
IP
Internet Protocol
IPS
Intrusion Prevention System
IPSec
Internet Protocol Security
IPv4
Internet Protocol version 4
IPv6
Internet Protocol version 6
ISAKMP
Internet SEcurity Association and Key Management Protocol
ISDN
Integrated Services Digital Network
ISP
Internet Service Provider
IT
Information Technology
IV
Initialization Vector
Kbps
Kilobits per second
L2F
Layer 2 Forwarding
L2TP
Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol
LACP
Link Aggregation Control Protocol
LAN
Local Area Network
LC
Local Connector
LDAP
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
LEC
Local Exchange Carrier
LED
Light Emitting Diode
LLC
Logical Link Control
MAC
Media Access Control / Medium Access Control
Mbps
Megabits per second
MDF
Main Distribution Frame
MDI
Media Dependent Interface
MDIX
Media Dependent Interface Crossover
MIB
Management Information Base
MIMO
Multiple Input, Multiple Output
MMF
Multimode Fiber
MPLS
Multi-Protocol Label Switching
MS-CHAP
Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol
MT-RJ
Mechanical Transfer-Registered Jack
MX
Mail Exchanger
NAC
Network Access Control
NaaS
Network as a Service
NAS
Network Attached Storage
NAT
Network Address Translation
NCP
Network Control Protocol
NetBEUI
Network Basic Input / Output Extended User Interface
NetBIOS
Network Basic Input / Output System
NFS
Network File Service
NIC
Network Interface Card
NIDS
Network Intrusion Detection System
NIPS
Network Intrusion Prevention System
nm
Nanometer
NNTP
Network News Transport Protocol
NTP
Network Time Protocol
NWLINK
MIcrosoft IPX/SPX Protocol
OCx
Optical Carrier
OS
Operating System
OSPF
Open Shortest Path First
OTDR
Optical Time Domain Reflectometer
PAP
Password Authenticaion Protocol
PAT
Port Address Translation
PC
Personal Computer
PDU
Protocol Data Unit
PGP
Pretty Good Privacy
PKI
Public Key Infrastructure
PoE
Power over Ethernet
POP3
Post Office Protocol version 3
POTS
Plain Old Telephone System
PPP
Point-to-Point Protocol
PPPoE
Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet
PPTP
Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol
PRI
Primary Rate Interface
PSTN
Public Switched Telephone Network
PVC
Permanent Virtual Circuit
QoS
Quality of Service
RADIUS
Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service
RARP
Reverse Address Resolution Protocol
RAS
Remote Access Service
RDP
Remote Desktop Protocol
RFI
Radio Frequency Interface
RG
Radio Guide
RIP
Routing Internet Protocol
RJ
Registered Jack
RSA
Rivest, Shamir, Adelman
RSH
Remote Shell
RTP
Real Time Protocol
RTSP
Real Time Streaming Protocol
RTT
Round Trip Time or Real Transfer Time
SA
Security Association
SC
Standard Connector / Subscriber Connector
SCP
Secure Copy Protocol
SDSL
Symmetrical Digital Subscriber Line
SFTP
Secure File Transfer Protocol
SFP
Small Form-factor Pluggable
SIP
Session Initiation Protocol
SLIP
Serial Line Internet Protocol
SMF
Single Mode Fiber
SMTP
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
SNAT
Static Network Address Translation
SNMP
Simple Network Time Protocol
SOA
Start of Authority
SOHO
Small Office Home Office
SONET
Sychronous Optical Network
SPS
Standby Power Supply
SSH
Secure Shell
SSID
Service Set Identifier
SSL
Secure Sockets Layer
ST
Straight Tip or Snap Twist
STP
Spanning Tree Protocol or Shielded Twisted Pair
SVC
Switched Virtual Connection
T1
T-Carrier Level 1
TA
Terminal Adaptor
TACACS+
Terminal Access Control Access Control System+
TCP
Transmission Control Protocol
TCP/IP
Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol
TDM
Time Division Multiplexing
TDR
Time Domain Reflectometer
Telco
Telephone Company
TFTP
Trivial File Transfer Protocol
TKIP
Temporal Key Integrity Protocol
TSL
Transport Layer Security
TTL
Time to Live
UDP
User Datagram Protocol
UNC
Universal Naming Convention
UPS
Uninterruptible Power Supply
URL
Uniform Resource Locator
USB
Universal Serial Bus
UTP
Unshielded Twisted Pair
VDSL
Variable Digital Subscriber Line
VLAN
Virtual Local Area Network
VNC
Virtual Network Connection
VoIP
Voice over IP
VPN
Virual Private Network
VRRP
Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
VTC
Video Teleconference
VTP
Virtual Trunk Protocol
WAN
Wide Area Network
WAP
Wireless Application Protocol / Wireless Access Point
WEP
Wired Equivalent Privacy
WINS
Windows Internet Name Service
WLAN
Wireless Local Area Network
WPA
Wi-Fi Protected Access
www
World Wide Web
X.25
CCITT Packet Switching Protocol
XML
eXtensible Markup Language
XDSL
Extended Digital Subscriber Line
Zeroconf
Zero Configuration
TLS
Transport Layer Security

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