|How do E-Mail Addresses Work?
E-mail addresses are usually in the form of user name@ host name.location name.domain type . The user name, or user ID, is typically your name or a variation of it. For example, the user name is 'msmith' for Matt Smith. The user is followed immediately by the @ symbol.
|How do I Find Websites?
To locate a particular web site or sites on a specific topic, use a Search Engine. In your Internet browser, type in the address of a Search Engine; for example, www.yahoo.com', 'www.altavista.com', 'www.excite.com', or 'www.hotbot.com'.
|How do messages and files get to my computer?
A complex system of host computers, communication equipment, and wires are used when transferring messages and files to your computer. Suppose you want to see a weather image on your PC and your Internet connection is through a modem to an Internet provider. Your request includes your computer's Internet address and the Internet address of the computer that will issue your data to you.
|What is an FQDN address?
An FQDN address, or Fully Qualified Domain Name Address, is the alphabetic equivalent of a numeric Internet Protocol address that immediately follows @ in your e-mail address. Routers use four-position numeric strings to identify specific Internet hosts.
|What is IP Addressing?
Internet Protocol addressing, referred to as IP addressing, is an addressing procedure similar to postal addressing. Just as the postal system needs an address system on the packages it delivers, the Internet relies on a system of addressing that all routers can understand.
|What is the Backbone?
The backbone is the name given to the high speed, high capacity network links that span the country and connect across the world. There are many national and international networks operated by private corporations and government agencies that share the task of carrying long haul Internet traffic. For more information on the backbone, please contact your local Internet service provider.