Here we list all the terms and expressions that may be useful for you while you’re using Shadow.
ADSL: An acronym for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. This connection which is now working with Shadow is not optimal for its use but remains functional thanks to the dynamic quality. This adapts the quality of the stream according to the peaks and troughs of your connection.
Balthazar: Update dated October 17, 2017 which allows, in particular, an improvement of the audio encoding.
Bandwidth: Maximum capacity of your internet connection. This directly impacts the image quality to which you will have access.
Automatic bandwidth: Accessible only from the box, from the Control Panel, this option allows you to automatically adjust the image quality to your bandwidth to allow optimal use of your computer.
Beta: This is an early version that may potentially have some bugs. A list of beta testers can access it to help developers by giving feedback on their usage. This allows them to fix existing bugs to provide as optimized a public experience as possible.
BIOS: Blue screen that can very rarely appear at startup and block your use of Shadow. Maybe a black screen with blank lines of code. If you see this, contact Support immediately.
Bitrate: This is the transfer rate, which is the rate at which information is transmitted. The bitrate directly impacts the image quality to which you will have access.
Bottleneck (or goulot d'étranglement in French): Point of a system that limits the overall performance by forming a "node".
Chipset (graphic): Graphics card.
Color Compensation: From the Control Panel, this option allows you to reduce the gamma and adjust the colors to improve their rendering on the screen.
PLC: Connection through a traditional power socket that allows the transmission of digital information on the existing network. This connection is not adapted to our services and does not allow their correct operation for the moment.
CPU: Acronym for Central Processing Unit . This is your processor, which is the central processing unit of your computer.
Digit: type of connection heiress of ADSL. This connection is a little faster and is now compatible with Shadow since the improvement of our service.
Dongle: Small key that allows communication between two devices by radio wave.
Download: Your downstream rate, which governs the speed at which you receive data.
Early Bird: Our first customers, who had early access to our services at the end of December 2016.
Virtual Shadow Screen: To virtually create a screen resolution suitable for Shadow.
ISP: Internet Service Provider, the operator with whom you are subscribed to obtain your Internet access (BT, Virgin, Vodaphone, etc ...).
FTTB: Acronym for Fiber To The Building. A FTTB connection, for example a coaxial cable is fiber optic but unlike an FTTB connection, its power can be shared between the different users of your building.
FTTH: Acronym for Fiber To The Home. A FTTH connection is fiber optic and you can enjoy it from your home.
FTTLA: Acronym for Fiber To The Last Amplifier. An FTTB connection, for example a coaxial cable is fiber optic but unlike an FTTLA connection, its power can be shared between the different users in your neighborhood.
FPS (Frames per second): The number of frames per second generated by the graphics card (GPU).
Refresh rate: The number of frames per second your screen generates.
GPU: Graphics Processing Unit.
IPS / VA / OLED: Acronyms meaning respectively In-Plane Switching, Vertical Alignment and Organic Light-Emitting Diode. These different on-screen display technologies are all compatible with our services.
JBOD: "Just a Bunch Of Disks" (or in French: "juste un paquet de disque"). It is a provision of hard disks, regardless of their size.
Jitter (or Gigue in French): Average packet loss over a given duration.
Juntos: Shadow user who subscribed in June 2017.
LAN (Local Area Network): Local area network with different connected devices.
For example: the LAN Over IP feature available under Shadow.
Lan Over IP: Feature developed by Shadow.
Martien / Marsien: Shadow user who subscribed in March 2017.
Merlin (updated August 29, 2017): An important Shadow update, which notably improved the dynamic quality of the connection and now allows you to use the Shadow service with VDSL2 connections.
Mithrandil: Important update of Shadow during the month of June 2018. This update ensures a better deployment of Shadow (new application for Linux, new processors, ...).
Monitor: Screen of a device (computer, television, etc ...).
Nvidia : Global supplier of graphics processors.
O-capture: Technology created by Shadow that keeps the Shadow IT department running smoothly.
O-controller: Technology created by Shadow that keeps the Shadow IT department running smoothly.
Official (Version): Simply the official version of Shadow, the default version when you log in for your first time.
Unlike the RPT version that offers you to make updates (See 'RPT')
Control Panel: Shadow dashboard accessible by enclosure only by a simple click of the power button on your box, or by using the shortcut left ctrl + right shift + O; it allows you to adjust many elements and options including:
- Rate the Shadow Mood
- Adjust image quality
- Adjust bandwidth
- Relaunch the streaming service
- Enable/disable Shadow virtual screen
- Enable/disable color compensation
- Connect to the local network
- Enter the Test Realm or the Official Version
- View client server and streamer versions
Ping: The reaction between the computer and the Internet. The closer your ping is to 0, the lower your latency.
Proxy: A program acting as an intermediary to access another Internet network.
Reset : Reset a last resort option for when your Shadow is totally out of service due to misuse or major error.
Reboot: Another term for restarting your PC or Shadow.
Restart the streaming service: From the control panel, this allows you to restart the image and sound of your Shadow (almost instantaneously)
LAN: Allows you to use Lan Over IP.
Router: Intermediary between computer and Internet access.
PTR (Version): Public Test Realm; this is the version of Shadow in testing phase with the newest updates. Unlike the official version.
Server: A hardware or software computer device that provides services; here the Shadow service.
Shadow Mode: An entertaining tool that turns your screen into Shadow colors! (shortcut: ctrl + ctrl + M)
Shadow Mood: Entertainment tool for noting the Shadow service (available from the control panel)
Snapshot: Shadow state backup at a specific time (settings, files, changes, ...). The Snapshot is a variation.
The backups available in your Customer Area are Snapshots.
Speedtest: Connection test done from a site like http://speedtest.shadow.guru/ .
Streaming: Sending live streams of content.
Streamer: (pronouncing in English) Individual who goes through streaming software to view / upload live content.
(in French) Act of viewing live content
You can totally stream on Shadow!
TN: Acronym for Twisted Nematic. On-screen display technology promotes speed at the expense of viewing angles. The use of a TN panel with our services is not recommended at the moment.
Upload: Your upload, which governs the speed at which you send data.
UPS: Our service provider who handles Shadow package shipments; here is their official website: https://www.ups.com/fr/en/Home.page .
VDSL / VDSL2: Acronym meaning "Very-high-bit-rate Digital Subscriber Line Speed".
Client, server and streamer version: Available from the control panel, these version numbers are useful for our developers if you have a problem on your Shadow
VPN: Virtual Private Network or Virtual Private Network; for the moment, VPNs are not compatible with Shadow.
Vsync: Vertical synchronization; synchronization of the frequency of a game on the vertical frequency of scanning of the monitor
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