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A device that accepts multiple electronic transmission signals
and combines them into one high-speed transmission. A multiplexer,
also known as a mux, is often used to allow remote terminals
to communicate with front-end processor ports over a single
Multiplexing A method allowing a single communications circuit
to take the place of several parallel communications circuits.
Multiport Repeater An Ethernet network repeater that connects
multiple network nodes in parallel.
Multiprotocol Encapsulation A method used by protocols
on the Network Layer (Layer 3) of the OSI Reference Model,
in which a layer adds control information to the protocol
data unit (PDU) from the preceding layer. Multiprotocol encapsulation
is also sometimes used to envelop one protocol inside another
to facilitate transmission.
Multiprotocol over ATM An effort of the ATM Forum to standardize
protocols to run multiple network layers over Asynchronous
Transfer Model (ATM) networks.
Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) A specification
that enables Internet users to send multipart and multimedia
messages. E-mail applications that have MIME can send PostScript
images, binary files, audio messages,
and digital video over the Internet.
Multiserver Network A single network with two or more NetWare
servers, where users can access any other server.
Multicastation Access Unit (MAU) A multiport wiring hub used
on Token Ring networks that can connect as many as eight nodes
(or lobes) to a ring network. An MAU is also known as a Controlled
Access Unit (CAU).
MUX Multiplexer A telecommunications device used to funnel
multiple signals onto a single channel.
Nagale's Algorithm A combination of two congestion-control
algorithms used in Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) networks.
One algorithm reduces a sending window and another limits
Name Binding Protocol (NBP) An AppleTalk protocol that converts
entity names into their corresponding Internet addresses.
For example, the Macintosh Chooser Desk Accessory and the
ATCON NetWare Loadable Module (NLM) use NBP to locate AppleTalk
Name Caching A method of using a router to store remotely
discovered host names for future use in packet-forwarding
Name Resolution The process of associating a network location
with a name assigned by a NetWare administrator.
Name space NLMs A set of NetWare Loadable Modules (NLMs) that
allow storage of non-DOS files on a NetWare
server under a folder name or filename where a user expects
to see them, even if the files were created on a platform
from that of the viewing workstation. NetWare uses a different
name space for different platforms.
Named Pipe The means by which a client communicates with advanced
client-server applications such as Microsoft SQL Server and
Microsoft Comm Server software. NetWare Client workstations
most frequently communicate with client-server applications
by using the Interprocess Communications (IPC) protocol for
Names Directory (ND) A database that contains the mappings
of all Network Visible Entities (NVEs) with their Internet
Names Table A table in each network node that contains the
mappings of all Network Visible Entities (NVEs) in that node,
complete with their Internet addresses.
Naming Service A network service that names resources on the
network to access the resources by that name. This enables
correspondence between a network entity and a name, rather
than the need to remember network addresses.
Narrowband Analog Mobile Phone Service (NAMPS) A communications
standard from Motorola that combines the Advanced Mobile Home
Service (AMPS) cellular standard with digital-signaling information.