Originally used to describe outdated or slow hardware (referring to the power of a kitchen toaster), the term is now often used to describe a product that joins various components in one easy-to-use package (referring to the ease of using a kitchen toaster). For example, a video toaster is a desktop video editor that features all the software and hardware needed to create broadcast-quality video in one integrated system. An intranet toaster is an all-in-one server that can be connected to an existing LAN and configured through a Web browser. The term can also refer to both qualities — easy-to-use but less powerful than other products.
To switch from one setting to another. The term toggle implies that there are only two possible settings and that you are switching from the current setting to the other setting. A toggle switch is a switch that has just two positions. For example, light switches that turn a light on or off are toggle […]
- token bus network
A type of local-area network (LAN) that has a bus topology and uses a token -passing mechanism to regulate traffic on the bus. A token bus network is very similar to a token ring network, the main difference being that the endpoints of the bus do not meet to form a physical ring. Token bus […]
)(1) In programming languages, a single element of a programming language. For example, a token could be a keyword, an operator, or a punctuation mark. (2) In networking, a token is a special series of bits that travels around a token-ring network. As the token circulates, computers attached to the network can capture it. The […]
- token passing
A type of CAM. Token passing uses a token, or series of bits, to grant a device permission to transmit over the network. Whichever device has the token can put data into the network. When its transmission is complete, the device passes the token along to the next device in the topology. System rules in […]
- Token-Ring Network
)(1) A type of computer network in which all the computers are arranged (schematically) in a circle. A token, which is a special bit pattern, travels around the circle. To send a message, a computer catches the token, attaches a message to it, and then lets it continue to travel around the network.