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How the Internet Works Ryan Dinwiddie UCC Spring 2010
The Internet was created by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and the U.S. Department of Defense for scientific and military communications. The Internet is a network of interconnected networks. Even if part of its infrastructure was destroyed, data could flow through the remaining networks. The Internet uses high-speed data lines, called backbones, to carry data.  Smaller networks connect to the backbone, enabling any user on any network to exchange data with any other user. ARPANET, NSFnet, Internet Internetworking: the process of connecting separate networks The Internet: Then and Now
 
TCP/IP Routing Traffic Across the Internet Addressing Schemes Domains and Subdomains How the Internet Works
Every computer and network on the Internet uses  the same protocols (rules and procedures) to  control timing and data format. The protocol used by the Internet is the  Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol,  or TCP/IP. No matter what type of computer system you  connect to the Internet, if it uses TCP/IP, it can  exchange data with any other type of computer. How the Internet Works -  TCP/IP
Most computers don't connect directly to the  Internet. Instead, they connect to a smaller network  that are connected to the Internet backbone. The Internet includes thousands of host computers  (servers), which provide data and services as  requested by client systems. When you use the Internet, your PC (a client)  requests data from a host system. The request and  data are broken into packets and travel across  multiple networks before being reassembled at their  destination. How the Internet Works -  Routing Traffic Across the Internet
 
In order to communicate across the Internet, a  computer must have a unique address. Every computer on the Internet has a unique  numeric identifier, called an Internet Protocol (IP)  address. Each IP address has four parts – each part a number  between 0 and 255. An IP address might look like  this: 205.46.117.104. How the Internet Works -  Addressing Schemes
In addition to an IP address, most Internet hosts or  servers have a Domain Name System (DNS) address,  which uses words. A domain name identifies the type of institution that  owns the computer.  An Internet server owned by IBM  might have the domain name ibm.com. Some enterprises have multiple servers, and identify  them with subdomains, such as products.ibm.com.  How the Internet Works -  Domains and Subdomains
 
The World Wide Web E-Mail News Social Networking File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Major Features of the Internet
The World Wide Web is a part of the Internet, which supports hypertext documents, allowing users to view and  navigate different types of data. A Web page is a document encoded with hypertext markup language (HTML) tags.  HTML allows designers to link content together via hyperlinks.  Every Web page has an address, a Uniform Resource Locator (URL).  Major Features of the Internet - The World Wide Web
This address is for an Internet server that uses The hypertext transfer protocol. This site belongs to a company named Glencoe. This site is on the part of the Internet known as the World Wide Web. To find the specific Web pages that accompany this book, your browser follows the URL’s path to a folder named “norton,” then to a subfolder named “online.”
Electronic mail (e-mail) is the most popular reason  people use the Internet. To create, send, and receive e-mail messages, you need  an e-mail program and an account on an Internet mail  server with a domain name. To use e-mail, a user must have an e-mail address,  which you create by adding your user name to the e-mail server's domain name, as in jsmith@aol.com.  Major Features of the Internet -  E-Mail
One Internet-based service, called news, includes tens of thousands of newsgroups. Each newsgroup hosts discussions on a specific topic. A newsgroup's name indicates its users'  special topic of interest, such as alt.food.cake. To participate in a newsgroup, you need a newsreader program that lets you read articles that have been posted on a news server.  You can post articles for others to read and respond to.  Major Features of the Internet -  News
File transfer protocol (FTP) is the Internet tool used to  copy files from one computer to another. Using a special FTP program or a Web browser, you  can log into an FTP host computer over the Internet  and copy files onto your computer. FTP is handy for finding and copying software files,  articles, and other types of data.  Universities and  software companies use FTP servers to provide visitors  with access to data.  Major Features of the Internet -  File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
Popular application programs, such as word processors and spreadsheets, feature Internet-related capabilities. Using these special features, you may be able to  create content for publication on the Internet or view content directly from the Internet.  Internet-Related Features in Application Programs

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Lecture 2

  • 1. How the Internet Works Ryan Dinwiddie UCC Spring 2010
  • 2. The Internet was created by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and the U.S. Department of Defense for scientific and military communications. The Internet is a network of interconnected networks. Even if part of its infrastructure was destroyed, data could flow through the remaining networks. The Internet uses high-speed data lines, called backbones, to carry data. Smaller networks connect to the backbone, enabling any user on any network to exchange data with any other user. ARPANET, NSFnet, Internet Internetworking: the process of connecting separate networks The Internet: Then and Now
  • 3.  
  • 4. TCP/IP Routing Traffic Across the Internet Addressing Schemes Domains and Subdomains How the Internet Works
  • 5. Every computer and network on the Internet uses the same protocols (rules and procedures) to control timing and data format. The protocol used by the Internet is the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, or TCP/IP. No matter what type of computer system you connect to the Internet, if it uses TCP/IP, it can exchange data with any other type of computer. How the Internet Works - TCP/IP
  • 6. Most computers don't connect directly to the Internet. Instead, they connect to a smaller network that are connected to the Internet backbone. The Internet includes thousands of host computers (servers), which provide data and services as requested by client systems. When you use the Internet, your PC (a client) requests data from a host system. The request and data are broken into packets and travel across multiple networks before being reassembled at their destination. How the Internet Works - Routing Traffic Across the Internet
  • 7.  
  • 8. In order to communicate across the Internet, a computer must have a unique address. Every computer on the Internet has a unique numeric identifier, called an Internet Protocol (IP) address. Each IP address has four parts – each part a number between 0 and 255. An IP address might look like this: 205.46.117.104. How the Internet Works - Addressing Schemes
  • 9. In addition to an IP address, most Internet hosts or servers have a Domain Name System (DNS) address, which uses words. A domain name identifies the type of institution that owns the computer. An Internet server owned by IBM might have the domain name ibm.com. Some enterprises have multiple servers, and identify them with subdomains, such as products.ibm.com. How the Internet Works - Domains and Subdomains
  • 10.  
  • 11. The World Wide Web E-Mail News Social Networking File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Major Features of the Internet
  • 12. The World Wide Web is a part of the Internet, which supports hypertext documents, allowing users to view and navigate different types of data. A Web page is a document encoded with hypertext markup language (HTML) tags. HTML allows designers to link content together via hyperlinks. Every Web page has an address, a Uniform Resource Locator (URL). Major Features of the Internet - The World Wide Web
  • 13. This address is for an Internet server that uses The hypertext transfer protocol. This site belongs to a company named Glencoe. This site is on the part of the Internet known as the World Wide Web. To find the specific Web pages that accompany this book, your browser follows the URL’s path to a folder named “norton,” then to a subfolder named “online.”
  • 14. Electronic mail (e-mail) is the most popular reason people use the Internet. To create, send, and receive e-mail messages, you need an e-mail program and an account on an Internet mail server with a domain name. To use e-mail, a user must have an e-mail address, which you create by adding your user name to the e-mail server's domain name, as in jsmith@aol.com. Major Features of the Internet - E-Mail
  • 15. One Internet-based service, called news, includes tens of thousands of newsgroups. Each newsgroup hosts discussions on a specific topic. A newsgroup's name indicates its users' special topic of interest, such as alt.food.cake. To participate in a newsgroup, you need a newsreader program that lets you read articles that have been posted on a news server. You can post articles for others to read and respond to. Major Features of the Internet - News
  • 16. File transfer protocol (FTP) is the Internet tool used to copy files from one computer to another. Using a special FTP program or a Web browser, you can log into an FTP host computer over the Internet and copy files onto your computer. FTP is handy for finding and copying software files, articles, and other types of data. Universities and software companies use FTP servers to provide visitors with access to data. Major Features of the Internet - File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • 17. Popular application programs, such as word processors and spreadsheets, feature Internet-related capabilities. Using these special features, you may be able to create content for publication on the Internet or view content directly from the Internet. Internet-Related Features in Application Programs