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By Tom Sheldon, Thomas Sheldon

This encyclopaedia seeks to aid readers comprehend networks and worldwide communications platforms via delivering succinct executive-style briefings of vital networking applied sciences, besides easily-digestible diagrams that illustrate key themes, topologies, architectures and configurations. The accompanying CD-ROM features a absolutely searchable model of the publication, extra huge insurance of issues, and links to proper sites.

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CHAPTER 1 A Brief History of the Internet and Router The days of conceiving the Internet as something to be mapped, grasped, understood, controlled, and so on are quite frankly gone. What exists instead in today’s world of interconnected computers is a kind of ISP grid net, a haphazard, interconnected mesh of Internet service providers (ISPs) and related Internet-connected entities such as governments and learning institutions. But why introduce a new term when Internet is much more common and perfectly fine for most discussions of routers?

The whole point is that with the Web site (server) and Web browser (client) in place, everything changes. The browser is a type of universal client that allows users to send email, access other computers, transfer files, view content, and so on all with the same familiar pointing and clicking instead of needing to remember arcane commands. Information at the Web site is organized according to what are still called hypertext links, although the links can lead to pictures, movies, or music. In retrospect, the Web seems so obvious that it’s a wonder it took so long to be invented.

Naturally, all of these issues had to be addressed (and they were) before the Web became more attractive for general business use. com, from 1994. 21 22 Chapter 1 The Birth of the ISPs In 1994, as the Web was having a huge impact on what the Internet meant to people, the federal support dollars for the NSFNET were phased out as planned. In 1993, the NSF deemed the then-experimental high-speed NSFNET network begun in 1984 a success, but stated that it was not the type of research network needed for the future.

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