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Data Flow on the Internet

Data Flow on the Internet

This turorial is a very easy to understand, pictorial description of how packets flow across the Internet.


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Aaron Glassman
Aaron Glassman (Faculty)
6 years ago

This an outstanding overview of basic "internet-ology" and the flow of data throughout the worldwide web looking through the lens of a home user.  This video would surely benefit anyone looking to obtain a rapid understanding if the basic elements of data throughput and the internet. 

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 5
Michele Fritz
Michele Fritz (Faculty)
19 years ago
I remember trying to explain this topic in an introductory E-Commerce class, and
it was hopelessly complex. This pictorial tutorial uses the analogy of streets
and highways which makes the topic accessible to almost any level of student.

Technical Remarks:

The flash plug-in and instructions are available on the first page, so that you
can use it even if you don't have flash. Clicking on the next button is about
as tough as this one gets!
Used in course? Yes