A modem that uses the computer’s processor to handle some operations. Because host-based modems require less processing power of their own, they should be less expensive than conventional modems. There are also software modems, in which there’s no modem device at all. Instead, all of the modem’s functions are handled by the computer’s processor.
In the PC world, host-based modems are sometimes called Winmodems.
- host-based printer
A printer that relies on the host computer’s processor to generate printable pages. Most host-based printers on the market today use the GDI interface built into Windows. Because they don’t need a powerful processor of their own, host-based printers tend to be less expensive than conventional printers. But because they share your computer’s processor, they […]
- host bus
Another name for the system bus.
A computer, usually a server, containing data, files, or programs that another computer can access by means of a network or modem.
- hosted PBX
A private branch exchange (PBX) phone system that’s delivered as a hosted service, typically by one of the major telephone companies. Frequently referred to as a centrex or a virtual PBX, a hosted PBX can free companies from having to invest in the costly equipment of a complex business phone system, while still enabling the […]
- hot aisle/cold aisle
The name given to a specific controlled airflow layout associated with enclosures and cabinets. As more heat becomes concentrated within the cabinet space, the risk of overheating and damaging the equipment increases. *Contemporary thinking in data center thermal management promotes the hot aisle/cold aisle layout where cold air is segregated in front of equipment cabinets […]