What is the Internet?

The internet, also known as the international computer network, or IP network, is a compilation of independent computer networks around the globe operated and maintained by individuals. It offers access to a dizzying array of programs ranging from simple web browsing to high-end online gaming. It is also an extremely popular medium for communication thanks to the large amount of user-created content, such as e-mail, blogging, and online forums.


The invention of the internet brought about the dawn of new technologies such as wireless networking, which has now blossomed into many different protocols and technologies. One of these protocols, the Wi-Fi internet connection is a service based on the principle of co-operation and mesh networking in order to transmit signals between a set of linked computers without the use of dedicated lines. This method allows for data to be transmitted across distance which ranges from one country to another. Another technology that has evolved with the internet is VoIP, which stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, and is a protocol that allows users of internet telephony to make voice calls over any network, including the internet itself.

With these innovations in mind, many companies have taken advantage of the ability to extend internet services to homes and business locations by using either a wired or wireless internet connection, depending on the requirements of the intended user. In most cases, all you need to do is to connect your PC to a nearby wireless internet access point (ethnically) or to another web browser, and then begin surfing the web. Some websites even allow you to access their web browser directly, bypassing the host computer entirely. The only drawback of this is that if your internet service provider is not reliable, or your internet application does not support the Wi-Fi protocol for instance; it may be necessary to host your own internet application in order to fully utilize the benefits of the Wi-Fi internet connection.