cloning – The process of making a copy of a wireless network. This allows you to access it using the same network name and password as the original network.
Ethernet – Ethernet is one of the most widely used ways of connecting computers together in a local area network (LAN), as well as to the internet, through a wired connection.
G.hn – Gigabit Home Network: The specialized technology used in the WiFi extender, using the existing electrical circuit to transmit the internet connection and extend it to another area within the house.
G.hn Access Point – Device 2 of 2 in the WiFi Extender kit, also known as the “network extender.” This is the device that gets plugged in in another room, farther away from your gateway, and provides a point where you can access your internet, either via Ethernet cable or via WiFi.
G.hn Bridge – Device 1 of 2 in the WiFi Extender kit, also known as the “network adapter.” This gets plugged in near your modem and serves as a bridge to carry your internet signal into your electrical wiring.
gateway – The preferred term in the tech industry for a modem or router
GUI – Graphic user interface: This refers to an online portal (a special kind of webpage) used to manage advanced settings for a device such as a modem, wireless extender, etc.
pairing – The process of linking two devices together in a way that will be “remembered” by one or both devices. For instance, once the two devices in your G.hn WiFi Extender kit are paired, they will stay paired until you unpair them, allowing them to stay connected even as you move them around.
range – The distance or radius that a wireless signal can reach and be accessed by a device. Signal strength is best near the center of the radius, and gets weaker as you go farther away from the source.
WiFi – Refers to a wireless connection between devices over radio waves. WiFi is commonly used to connect devices to the internet, but can also connect devices to each other, such as a computer and a printer. Typically, an internet connection comes into a home or building through some kind of wired connection, such as fiber, Ethernet or DSL. Then the modem or router transmits the signal into a wireless frequency, using either 2.4 or 5 Ghz band.