“Online Internet”, “Webpace” and “Networking” are terms most people have heard or used when referring to the World Wide Web. InterNET, a framework architecture that has transformed communications and systems of commerce by enabling various computer networks throughout the world to connect. At times referred to as a huge network of computer networks, the Internet came about in the U.S. in the early 1970s but didn’t become accessible to the public until the late 1990s. It quickly became an important tool for research and education. Now, computers that can access the Internet-and enabling devices that can respond to that access-have increased dramatically in range and capability.
In recent years, Internet connections have expanded beyond the traditional Internet network to include Internet service providers (ISP’s) and high-speed or broadband Internet access via phone lines, cable modems or Wi-Fi hot spots. Broadband Internet access is faster than dialup Internet service but doesn’t offer the same amount of data storage and speed as ISP and high-speed computer networks. One type of Internet service provider (ISP) divides the Internet into different areas or servers, which are then given IP addresses by their carriers. There are many Internet service providers who provide hosted services with various levels of Internet access capabilities, such as CD-based hosting, file, chat and video services, web mail services and other applications.
The Internet also includes several types of technologies that enable the transmission of information on the same network. One of these technologies is named traceable streaming media. This technology allows computers to transmit data packets (data packets are simply packets of data) at very high speeds over an IP network. A popular example of traceable streaming media is the Internet. One popular application of this technology is the World Wide Web, which enables computers to exchange information. Some examples of other packet networking technologies include:
Time-sharing systems, such as the Windows Time Sharing Service and the NTP service from the Linux kernel are examples of IP-based time-sharing systems. Time-sharing systems allow multiple computers to share a date and time. This is not only a time-saver but also allows multiple computers to run the same program simultaneously without the need for them to be rebooted. The Linux operating system supports this technology. NTP, the Linux kernel and Windows Time Sharing Service is examples of IP-based time-sharing systems.
Satellite Telecommunications uses a series of satellites orbiting the earth for the purpose of delivering and retrying telephone and cable Internet services. This technology has vastly improved over the years. As of today, most people have access to cellular telephony services via satellites. This is done through the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites that are in geosynchronous orbit around the earth. As these satellites circle the earth once every several days, it is possible for many computers to connect simultaneously. As of now, LEO satellites are being replaced by lower-orbital satellites that enter into re-entry capsules and then return to earth every few days.
A new class of communication called Fiber Optic Internet had evolved so as to overcome problems associated with Data Communication. This technology makes use of optic fibers and allows data to transfer faster over long distances. It was first deployed in metropolitan areas such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Another very high-tech form of Internet communication is Laser Network that makes use of lasers to transmit data at optical speeds.
Extremely high-speed Internet connections are provided by DSL or Digital Subscriber Line Network. It is a type of fiber optic technology used to provide high-speed Internet services in homes, small businesses and various other locations. This technology requires a direct connection to a local telephone company that operates the network. Other forms of high-tech communications technology include: microwave, satellite, radio, infrared, and ultra-fast cable.
As you can see from this short description, the uses of the Internet are pretty vast and ever-changing. What will be the next big thing? Keep checking back because technology is always changing!