Home Computer: Jargon buster

Click to follow
The Independent Online
Bulletin Board System (BBS): a computer system with modems that acts as an information and message exchange passing centre for dial-up users.

Gateway: A device which connects dissimilar computer networks together allowing users to access information held in other computer systems.

Modem: (modulator/demodulator) a piece of communications equipment that enables a computer to transmit information over a telephone line or receive information from it. A modem may be a separate piece of equipment in its own box or installed inside the computer.

Network: A group of computers interconnected by cables, telephone lines or other communications links.

Serial port: the socket on the computer which is used to connect the cable from an external modem or other communications device.

Zymurgy: the Science of fermentation in brewing.

IndyBest product reviews are unbiased, independent advice you can trust. On some occasions, we earn revenue if you click the links and buy the products, but we never allow this to bias our coverage. The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing