To most people, the Internet is where everyone plugs in their computer, views webpages, and sends e-mail. That’s a very human-centric viewpoint, but if we’re to understand the Internet truly, we need to be more exact:
The Internet is THE large globalthat people connect to by default because it’s the largest. And, like any computer network, some conventions allow it to work.
This is all it is really – a vast computer network. However, this article will go beyond just the Internet and explain the ‘World Wide Web. Most the difference between the Internet and the Web, but it’s pretty simple: the Internet is a computer network, and the Web is a system of publishing (of websites).
And what’s a computer network? A computer network is just two or more computers connected such that they mayto each other. On more extensive networks, computers are joined together in complex arrangements, where some intermediary computers have more than one connection to other computers, such that every computer can reach any other computer in the network via paths through some of those intermediary computers.
Computers aren’t the only
network operate on a certain kind of track – such a convention is needed because otherwise, the network could not effectively work. Likewise, roads are designed to suit vehicles that match a pattern – robust cars of a specific size range traveling within a reasonable speed range. Computers in a network have conventions too, and we usually call these conventions ‘protocols.
There are many kinds of popular computer. The most conventional is the so-called ‘Ethernet’ , schools, and offices. However, WiFi is becoming increasingly popular for connecting devices, so cables aren’t required.
When you connect to the Internet, you use networking technology, but things are usually much muddier. There’s an apt phrase, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” because neither was the Internet. The Internet could only spring up sobecause another kind of network already existed worldwide – the phone network!
The pre-existence of the phone network provided a medium for ordinary computers in ordinaryand research network that had been developed years before. It just required some technological mastery in the form of ‘modems’. Modems allow into a mini-network connection between a home and a particular company (an ‘ISP’) already connected to the Internet. It’s like a bridge joining up the road networks on an island and the mainland – the road networks become one due to a special connection between them.
connections are done via ‘(A)DSL’ and ‘Cable’ are no different from phone line connections – there’s still a joining process going on behind the scenes. As Arthur C. Clarke once said, ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.