This is the first in a series of columns in The Meander Chronicle sponsored by KZN Midlands-based tech company Bundu NetworX. Each month, its customer relations manager, Dee During, will provide informative articles about the internet and all it entails.

In this month’s column, we’ll be looking at some cyber terminology, so let’s get to it.

WiFi v INTERNET

These are NOT the same thing. The internet is an interconnection of computer networks around the world which allows a huge number of public, private, academic, government and business networks to communicate and exchange data on a local and global scale.

WiFi is a technology that allows wireless electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops etc) to connect to a local access point (ie a router) over a certain range. It is also one of a number of methods of accessing the internet.

The internet is a network of millions of computers communicating with each other. It is the language with which computers talk to each other. Wi-Fi is merely a means to access that vast network.

Importantly, having a fast internet connection doesn’t necessarily guarantee a good internet experience. This is because the internet is a community and the interaction between any two parties depends on both. If you download a file from a party with a slow connection to the internet, the download process will still take a long time and, unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it.

MODEM v ROUTER

Your router creates a network between the computers in your home. The modem connects that network.

When connecting to WiFi, you are really connecting to your router, which forwards traffic between the internet and your computer.

Many internet providers, including Bundu NetworX, offer a combined modem/router unit that performs both these functions.

*If you have any questions or queries, feel free to post them on the Bundu NetworX Facebook page or contact them on 033 815 9500. Alternatively, check out the company’s fancy new website at www.bundunetworx.co.za