The Internet, a unique system architecture that has transformed communication and monetary systems throughout the world by enabling internet connections for different computer networks around the globe to connect. At times referred to as an international network of computers, the Internet evolved in the United States during the early 1990s but did not come into public view until the mid-1990s. Today, millions of people access the Internet on a daily basis through wireless modems, home and office computers, cell phones, laptops, and other portable devices. Although the Internet is available to everyone in the world, many people do not know how to use it, where to find information on the Internet, or how to make money using the Internet. Learning how to use the Internet is easy and can be done with a little training, if a person is willing to learn.
Internet technology was originally developed for research and educational purposes by the National Science Foundation (NSF), but later it was adopted by the private sector and companies such as Microsoft, Apple, and Cisco to create first internet workstations or “time-sharing systems.” Time-share systems allow users to divide up a computer network (a LAN) into multiple computers by software such as RealNetworks or Direct Access. Each user then has the ability to use the Internet but does not have physical access to the computer systems themselves. In some cases, time-share systems are tied into larger network infrastructure, while in other instances, they are stand alone units.
In contrast to time-sharing systems, packet networks are an application service that enables computer users to exchange data without the use of network infrastructure. This type of Internet service has been around since the mid-1990s when it was initially known as packet radio. Later, the name packet networking came into play when companies started using it to replace traditional phone services. Packet networking is most commonly used in large metropolitan areas where multiple phone lines are required, along with dedicated cable Internet connections. Unlike a conventional network, where one signal can be transmitted over a long distance, packet networks only transmit data at very fast speeds. This makes it ideal for applications requiring high-speed Internet access.
Many new computer networking applications (such as VoIP or VoTC) which require voice transmissions, now make use of packet communications networks rather than the slower commercial alternative. Internet telephony communications systems, which use voice data transmission over Internet connections, are also based on packet technology. Satellite Internet also makes use of packet networking, although it is different from regular Internet because it transmits data at very high-speed over a short distance.
DSL, also referred to as fiber optic internet service, is another popular type of high speed Internet service that provides both fast Internet and a flexible connectivity option. DSL uses the copper wire system called flex copper to deliver high-speed Internet via television lines. While DSL is the oldest kind of broadband Internet connection, it offers many advantages over other options such as cable and telephone connection. For instance, DSL is an excellent choice if you want to establish a fixed home line Internet service and switch to an alternate connection at a later time.
There are three types of broadband Internet connections: DSL, cable, and satellite. DSL, or digital subscriber line, is the most common type of Internet connection. It provides fast broadband Internet services without any significant download speed penalty. Cable is usually bundled with other services, such as telephone service, in a package deal. It provides dial-up access to your Internet services and may be a good choice for individuals who have home telephones. Satellite Internet is not available in all areas.