Have you ever wanted simple explanations of the basics of what goes on when you connect your PC to the rest of the world? Or wondered what is meant by terms like protocol, IP or port? Here are three articles written in clear, straightforward language that will make it easy to understand the fundamental concepts behind connecting a computer to all those other computers on the Internet.
Any device on a network or on the Internet has to have an address. This article explains how addresses are constructed and how the addresses are overseen and regulated.
In order for computers all over the world to communicate with each other, there have to be established, well-defined methods for information to be packaged and safely transmitted. The standard methods that are used are called “protocols” and this article explains the protocols that we all use. Protocols provide a universal way of doing things that computers everywhere can understand and use.
A computer connected to the Internet is a multi-tasker and keeping track of the different activities involves a variety of sub-addresses called “ports”. These are not to be confused with physical ports and are explained in this article.
And there you have it - the Internet made easier to understand.
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