Short for Internet Access Provider, a company that provides access to the Internet. IAPs generally provide dial-up access through a modem and PPP connection, though companies that offer Internet access with other devices, such as cable modemsor wireless connections, could also be considered IAPs.
The terms IAPs and ISP (Internet Service Providers) are often used interchangeably, though some people consider IAPs to be a subset of ISPs. Whereas IAPs offer only Internet access, ISPs may provide additional services, such as leased lines (T-1 or T-3) and Web development. In contrast to both IAPs and ISPs, online servicesprovide their own proprietary content in addition to Internet access.
Short for Inter-Asterisk eXchange, IAX is the native Asterisk PBX protocol and is now supported by many VoIP platforms. It has a number of advantages over SIP including bandwidth efficiency, it uses a single UDP port, 4569, so it slides through NAT with ease, and since it is a binary protocol, it is more difficult […]
Short for International Business Machines, the largest computer company in the world. IBM started in 1911 as a producer of punch card tabulating machines. In 1953, it introduced its first computer, the 701. During the 60’s and 70’s, IBM came to dominate the new field of mainframe and minicomputers. In 1981, IBM launched its first […]
- IBM PC
Refers to a family of personal computers produced by IBM. The term can also refer to computers that conform to set of loosely controlled standards. These are also called IBM clones , IBM compatibles , or simply compatibles. These terms are actually misnomers because many of the PCs produced by IBM do not conform to […]
Short for Independent Computing Architecture, ICA is a protocol designed specifically for transmitting Windows graphical display data as well as keyboard and mouse input over a network. ICA is one of two technologies used by Citrix servers, the other being WinFrame. See Citrix server.
Short for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit organization that has assumed the responsibility for IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management and root server systemmanagement functions previously performed under U.S. Government contract. ICANN was created by the late Jon Postel in the fall of 1998 in response […]