Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope

A channel may refer to any of the following:

1. With ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) or IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics), a channel is the primary channel or secondary channel that an IDE drive (e.g., hard drive) uses to connect to the motherboard.

TV channels

2. With a radio or TV, a channel or station is a band or frequency used to transmit a station. For example, on FM (Frequency Modulation) radio in your area, you might tune into 101.1 MHz to listen to a rock station while 94.1 might be a country station.

3. In communications, the channel is a path between two computers or devices.

4. With chat or IRC (Internet Relay Chat), a channel, which is also known as a room, is a location with a specific chat topic. For example, in the Computer Hope IRC chat our channel is #computerhope.

5. With the IBM PS/2 computer, the channel is an expansion bus.

Bus, ChanServ, Chat terms, Hard drive terms, IRC, Primary channel, Room