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Term Definition
Gigabits per Second

Gbps is a measure of the speed of data transfer in Networking.

Gigabit Ethernet

Gigabit Ethernet is a transmission technology based on the Ethernet protocol with speed tenfold over the fast Ethernet supporting a theoretical maximum data rate of 1000 Mbps or 1 Gbps. Ethernet operates at Layers 1 and 2 of the 7-layer Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Networking model, delivering its data packets to any device connected to the Network cable.


The entrance and exit to a communications Network or system. Gateways are commonly used to connect computers on one Network with those on a long-distance Network.