Introduction to Internet Technology

The Introduction to Internet Technology Tutorial provides the beginner with a complete overview of the workings of the Internet, and how to connect your local network.

A few years ago, the public was introduced to the concept of an "Information Superhighway", a revolutionary way to access a wealth of information and interact with people around the globe from a home or office computer. Since that time, there has been exponential growth in the number of people obtaining connections to the global network: the number has more than doubled every year.

The backbone of this network is something called the Internet, a collection of interconnected networks all using the Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP). As more organizations and individuals get connected, it will become increasingly important to understand and take advantage of this technology. This course serves as a basic introduction to the inner workings of Internet technology, showing both how the protocols work and how they are used to create Internet applications and services. The course concludes with basic information on choosing and working with an Internet service provider, and some words of wisdom about Internet culture and standards of conduct for network participants.

One of the cornerstones of the Internet Protocol Suite is platform independence. The information in this course is applicable to all types of computer systems, including PCs, Macintoshes, and UNIX systems. No single platform is emphasized or excluded.

Who Should Attend: The intended audience of this tutorial includes system administrators, managers, developers, analysts, security specialists, or anyone who has the desire or need to understand more about the inner workings of the Internet.

The course materials assume some basic user-level knowledge of computers and local-area networks.

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