Automatic Protocol Detection: when the analog clocks in the system are capable of recognizing a sync-wire protocol upon receiving its first correction, and setting itself automatically
Cat 5/6 Cable: one wire made up of 8 smaller wires, each of them being routed to their designated opening in the end of a connector, that typically sends signals used for network Ethernet connections.
Control Box: a control panel for elapsed timer clocks that allows for the easy use of its start, stop, count up, and countdown features
Correction Time: this refers to how quickly a clock begins to correct itself after a system power outage or time change.
Diagnostics: refers to specific statuses of a clock such as battery life (wireless only), signal strength (wireless only), mechanical error, protocol detection, etc.
Economy Mode: this Sapling energy standard is designed to prevent a wireless clock from synchronizing as often as it would in normal mode, thus draining less energy and extending battery life
FCC License:a license a user must purchase and renew periodically for wireless devices that do not run on the designated, free frequency range specified by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). Sapling’s wireless system does NOT require one
GPS Receiver: receiver of extremely precise time data distributed from Global Positioning System satellites that infer time based on the location of the receiver
Interfacing: when a different clock system(s) connects to the existing system to keep all of the times in sync with one another. Can also mean when an auxiliary system connects to the clock system to keep the times in sync
Master Clock: a system controller that acts as a main hub for all other wireless and/or wired clocks grouped within a system to correlate their time with and often offer additional capabilities
PoE Injector: used when network infrastructure only has a data drop and a single device needs an injection of power in order to run via Ethernet connection
Power-over-Ethernet: also known as PoE; refers to the powering and synchronization of a device by an Ethernet connection over a network infrastructure
Repeater: a repeater takes a wireless signal and redistributes the signal to wireless clocks in a broader signal range to ensure that they are able to synchronize regardless of their distance
RS485 Communication: a communication protocol that distributes a digital signal to the clocks to keep them on time. Each slave clock is powered locally while a pair of wires for communication is daisy-chained from clock to clock
Server Redundancy: when an IP clock can store multiple NTP and SNTP server addresses to guarantee back-up synchronization in the event that one server is down and fails to communicate
Static IP Address: number given to a device as its permanent internet address reference but that a DHCP may temporarily change to avoid conflicts from having two devices with the same static address in one session of internet use
Transceiver: a device that both receives transmitted data and sends it back out for further transmission, hence extending the range of the signal to what could ultimately be an infinite distance
Transmitter: a device that broadcasts a wireless data signal out to other devices within range in order to synchronize those devices.