Outline: How It Works

Class Discussion: How the Internet Works

This link covers the question asked in class about How the Internet Works. The page also includes opinions of others. It also includes a video of how the internet is architect and how it is made to be.

How the internet works

What is the internet

Questions to consider:

  • What is the internet?
  • How does the internet work?
  • What can you do with the internet?
  • Why do you resort to the internet instead of outside resources? (Shopping, yellow pages, reviews, news, etc.)
  • Is the internet a physical thing or an idea in what we use?
  • How are we benefiting from the internet and how is the internet benefiting from us using it?
  • In what ways do we take the internet for granted?

 

How It Works – Matt

 

When learning about how the internet actually works you must understand both the hardware parts and the software. Copper wires or fiber optic wires are buried in the ground that connects to the internet. Servers are computers that connect directly to the wire that lays in the ground and are the only computers that are directly connected to the internet. The computers that most people have at their homes or at work are called clients and do not connect directly but instead they connect through an internet service provider.  Each server has its own IP address that enables you to locate other computers on the internet.


Search Engines – Dalina

CMAP-This link maps out the relations of several books that I researched. It relates how the internet works to how search engines function, as well. It also provides links to hardware, software, and all the necessities that goes into managing the internet as well as search engines. It links topics such as internet retrieval, IP Address, language modeling, networking, LANS, and a wide range of topics. It also includes the different types of search engines used.

History of search engines - This page gives a brief history on how search engines work. We all use search engines to search for information, gather information, and learn.

How do search engines work?   In theory, the search engine displays the most viewed and relevant web page first. By doing so, they gather the statistics on how many people viewed the site. Also, search engines keeps a record of how many other pages reference the specific web page being searched.

Why did search engines come about and what affects is it having on society? -Search engines came about to allow users to find information. It’s providing such a service for users that are diminishing their uses towards finding information physically out in the real world.


 Language – Hannah

Web 2.0 –  is a term that we have all heard before, maybe we have heard of it by its nickname (the Social Web). Some of us may have the misconception that it is a whole new version of the web, but in reality, it is just an overall change in what the web was used for. Web 2.0 involved more social interaction on the web, such as blogs, wikis, photo and video sharing, and different web applications. With Web 2.0, it became common for people to have Facebook pages or MySpace accounts. Web 2.0 gave users the opportunity to create accounts, comment on different pages, tagging, and bookmarking. Unfortunately, with all of these developments, the ability to spam, or troll became prevalent as well.

When learning about how the internet actually works you must understand both the hardware parts and the software. Copper wires or fiber optic wires are buried in the ground that connects to the internet. Servers are computers that connect directly to the wire that lays in the ground and are the only computers that are directly connected to the internet. The computers that most people have at their homes or at work are called clients and do not connect directly but instead they connect through an internet service provider.  Each server has its own IP address that enables you to locate other computers on the internet.


 Wireless Communication – Kaitlin

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/wireless-network.htm

Wireless communication has become an essential part of how we use the internet. Not only for computers, but for smartphones, gaming consoles, and other “smart” devices which are now able to offer internet connectivity. Wireless devices work by sending radio signals from the built-in wireless adapter to whatever wireless router the device is connected to. The router receives the signal, then transmits the information in the signal through an Ethernet cord to the next server down the line in the same way that information would travel from a wired client server. Essentially, wireless computing is exactly the same as wired computing, except there is one additional step on either end of the transmission between the router and the client device.

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/cloud-computing/cloud-storage.htm

With the advent of wireless computing, wireless storage has also become very popular. Cloud storage gives users continuous access to files stored in “the cloud” by using a wireless connection to access a remote server where the information is stored, as opposed to a local hard drive.


Reflection

The panel that discussed “How It Works” touched on how the internet literally works. In class we discussed the architecture of the internet, what powers the internet, and how the internet came to be how it is today. More so, this discussion went into depth on what the internet encompasses. This panel covered search engines, language, the new web, and more. Questions that were discussed involved the topics “what is the internet?”, “what are search engines intended for?”, “what’s the difference between the new web and the old web?”, and other relevant questions. I feel that the panel covered a good stretch of topics that hit all the main points the class may have been concerned about. The group showed relevant videos that allowed a good understanding of what they were trying to cover. I was made aware of how search engines worked, what the internet means, how the internet is being used, and what generally makes up the internet.

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