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Almost everyone nowadays uses the Internet. Stuff like Facebook, email, chat, Twitter and YouTube wouldn’t be there without the Internet.┬áBut while the web is so useful and easy to use these days only a few understand how it functions. If you have ever wondered about it, it’s time to find out. There is a nice infographic showing exactly how the Internet works.

How The Internet Works

  1. speller
    August 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Ukraine is misspelled as "Ukrane".

    • Aibek
      August 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm

      thanks for heads up.

  2. Jose Benito
    August 11, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Please, I need translate to Spanish, is posible? I see is very interesting.

  3. Aibek
    August 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    thanks for pointing it out, it was a typo.

  4. Jkuhenbeaker
    August 7, 2010 at 1:42 am

    I really like the shade of green you chose... and I cant find that hue in ms paint...WTF!

  5. Anthony Calzadilla
    August 5, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Pretty smart, If you click on the graphic you can see it was created by an organization that sells online education leads. High PR, 200K back links... pretty smart.

  6. zach
    August 4, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Oh and also, the TCP joke is great. "You down with TCP, yeah you know me."

    UDP just makes it rain then leaves.

  7. zach
    August 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I really don't think the few mistakes on here are that big of a deal (though the impossible IP is a bit of a doozy, but the rest is fairly accurate). I'm a network engineer and I wish some of the people I worked with at least knew this much.... believe me. You gotta love getting calls saying "I can't get to Google, is the internet down?"

    .... Yes, the entire World Wide Web is down.

  8. zach
    August 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I really don't think the few mistakes on here are that big of a deal (though the impossible IP is a bit of a doozy, but the rest is fairly accurate). I'm a network engineer and I wish some of the people I worked with at least knew this much.... believe me. You gotta love getting calls saying "I can't get to Google, is the internet down?"

    .... Yes, the entire World Wide Web is down.

    • zach
      August 4, 2010 at 2:56 pm

      Oh and also, the TCP joke is great. "You down with TCP, yeah you know me."

      UDP just makes it rain then leaves.

    • mickey
      August 7, 2010 at 2:32 am

      Zach, being more novice than not, i don't get the TCP joke, can you explain it? thanks Mickey

  9. JK III
    August 2, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Can someone point me to list of countries with "no internet connection"? All I could find was countries where internet traffic is censored/regulated.

  10. P.K.ARUN
    August 2, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Really nice infographic... thanks.

  11. Wily
    August 2, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Sorry but this is utter crap: "addresses are like names"? No, addresses are numbers. You then need the DNS to allow the use of names meaningful to humans. This "infographic" offers very little in the way the Internet actually works.

  12. Anonymous
    August 2, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Why does the makuseof logo look like something from mspaint?

  13. Anonymous
    August 2, 2010 at 3:00 am

    NAP isn't "Network Access Protection" ... It's "Network Access Point" ... and it isn't a server

    • Aibek
      August 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm

      apologies

  14. David King
    August 2, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Are you sure you meant proctocol suite?

  15. Vdbgdukbgd
    August 1, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    other than some small errors and oversights this is great

  16. Vdbgdukbgd
    August 1, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    also don't forget that that's an ipv4 address and the internet is slowly switching to ipv6 (eg: 2001:252:0:1::2008:6)

    • Aibek
      August 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm

      good point.

  17. Jeroonk
    August 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Uhm, just pointing out a little mistake:
    The IP-address 123.456.789.012 is a impossible one.

    This is because IP-addresses are not just a string of digits separated by dots. They are actually 4 bytes, represented as [value of byte 1].[value of byte 2].[byte 3].[byte 4].
    Bytes can only store the values 0-255, thus IP-addresses only range from 0.0.0.0 trough 255.255.255.255.

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