All That Jargon

What is all that JARGON?!

If you have found this page, then you have come across a word, name or thing, that doesn’t quite comprehend. Is it Geek speak? Tech talk? New slang? something millennials say?

It might be a bit of all of it.

This guide is here to help you learn and understand our stories, articles and products a bit more, because we want to educate you not just tell you to buy things. At About Automation, we will always encourage ways to DIY and get the technology around you to work for you.

So below is anything we think that goes beyond the normal English language in terms of our writing. If you ever come across anything in an article that you still don’t understand please do these two things…

1.  Look it up, the internet is an amazing place. Anything you want to know will be at your fingertips,,,, or vocal command?

2. Let us know, send us a little friendly message to let us know others might not understand it as well. Something that seems basic to US, might not be to others. and we will want to update this list.


IOT – Internet Of Things – a global infrastructure for the information society, enabling advanced services by interconnecting (physical and virtual) things based on existing and evolving inter-operable information and communication technologies. 1

IFTTT- If This Then That – is a free platform that helps you do more things with apps, devices and services

IR – Infered Radiation (shortened to Just Infered, then to IR because the word radiation often makes you think its bad) –

app – application or applet –



FTTN – Fibre to the node – means the connection goes to the node box, and then your house connects with the pre-existing copper cable to the node.

FTTC- Fibre to the Curb – means the connection forgoes the node issue, and runs straight to the footpath (curb) of the street, usually having smaller connection point in a pit in the footpath. (this also requires power, but also special equipment in your home)

FTTP – Fibre to the Premises – as the name suggests the optic fibre line will be run from the nearest available fibre node, to your premises ( this is an expensive option)

FTTB – Fibre to the Building –  Is usually in a shared address scenario such as business buildings or apartments – will run a fibre optic line to the building communications room.

HFC – Hybrid Fibre Coaxial –  where the existing ‘pay TV’ or cable network can be used to make the final part of the Connection from the node.





GEN – Generation

VR – Virtual Reality

AI –

G (mobile signal)





AV – Audio Visual

K (4k 8k)

QLED- Name-changing aside, QLED is essentially a new variation on the quantum-dot TV technology Quantum dots are tiny particles of between two and 10 nanometres in diameter. They’re employed in displays due to their ability – in conjunction with other materials – to give off different colours according to their size. (2)



Recipe – think of cooking, but with code. a recipe in technology is like a set of instructions for the devices, services and technology to follow.

9gag –

reddit –

github –

trigger –

pluggin –


bluetooth – crazy that this is on the list, considering how long we have been using it, but what actually is BLUETOOTH? –

wireless – differs from WIFI and is constantly confused, refers to signal that can be sent without a physical wired connection often using Wifi, Bluetooth or IR signal.

Dumb (technology)

Smart (technology)

8K – is horizontal resolution of 7680 pixels and a vertical resolution of 4320 pixels,represented as 4320 resolution video. By comparison, 4K video has a resolution of 2160. which is half the number of horizontal lines and half the number of vertical lines (3840 x 2160),





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