Understanding the Very Basics of the Internet Experience



Web Page Address – also known as URL (Uniform Resource Locator). Every single web page on the Internet has its own address so people can find it. An example is http://www.intuitivedesignsllc.com. Each part of the address represents distinct information about the page.


Share Files – making files on your computer available to others on the Internet to download.




World Wide Web – a collection of interlinked documents that exist on the Internet. These hypertext documents (known as web pages) are connected by hyperlinks.





Internet Service Provider (ISP) – a company that provides consumers with a connection to the Internet.




Modem – (short for modulator-demodulator) is a circuitry device that sends and receives information over telephone lines.




DSL (digital subscriber line) – uses existing telephone lines along with a special (broadband) modem to provide a connection to the Internet.




Wireless methods – the ability to use a wireless-equipped computer to have access to the Internet without the use of a “hard-wired” connection.





Wi-Fi – wireless “hot spots” (areas where a wireless-equipped computer can pick-up a wireless Internet signal).





E-mail (electronic mail) – method of composing, sending, storing and receiving messages via the Internet.




Dial-Up – the computer’s modem connects to the Internet Service Providers modem over the telephone line.




Cable-TV lines – uses the cable-TV company’s lines along with a special (broadband) modem to provide a connection to the Internet.



Web browser – a software program that allows the user to browse from page to page of the world wide web by pointing and clicking with their mouse.