Most of us know how to use the internet, without actually understanding how it works. In five minutes, this video gives some of the fundamentals of how the Internet works. Most importantly, the internet is not a fuzzy cloud. The internet is a wire, actually buried in the ground. Computers connected directly to the internet are called “Servers,” while the computers you and I use are “clients,” because they are not connected directly to the internet, but through an Internet Service Provider. Routers shuttle packets of information across the internet, and transmit e-mail, pictures, and web pages.
March 6, 2009