Understanding the Very Basics of the Internet Experience
 

Glossary:

 

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.