The Internet has been nothing short of life-changing. We, as a society, have had no choice but to become completely submerged by the effects of Internet access. Everything today is “Go online!” “Visit Our Website!” “Check Us Out At…” And we do it without even thinking.
The Internet is made up of computer networks which gives computers the ability to communicate with one another worldwide. Even though it may seem like the Internet has only been around for a little more than a decade, it was actually first invented in the 1960s. It’s sole purpose was to help the government and the military. The network in which computers use to communicate is known as the Internet Protocol Suite, or TCP/IP. When we think Internet, we think data and information and how fast we can receive it. The faster the Internet connection, be it Ethernet or Wi-Fi, the better it is.
The network known as the Internet Protocol Suite, or TCP/IP is what computers use to communicate with one another through the network. This is what allows us to access anything and everything with a high speed or wireless connection. Using the Internet is all about how fast we can access and process data.
We are beginning to see Wi-Fi signs in store-front windows such, on public transportation, and in airports. The more time goes on, we will most likely see them in grocery stores, banks, and movie theaters. Internet cafes are already becoming a thing of the past.
Today, the Internet is everywhere. More and more organizations are setting up wireless systems such as Wi-Fi for customers and coworkers and affiliate businesses. Cell phones, Smartphones, and even iPods all have Internet or Wi-Fi capabilities. You can check your email, call someone on Skype, and listen to your favorite song all on one handheld device. It’s truly amazing.
As the appearance and popularity of Wi-Fi hot spots and hand-held technologies continue to grow, it has become as easy as a press of a button to access the Internet. Some gadgets out there now don’t even require a button; you can set notifications to alert you whenever a Wi-Fi signal in your area is available. Remember the days of accessing the Internet by using a phone line and sometimes waiting up to ten minutes for a dial-up connection? With high speed cable Internet and fiber optics now readily available, those days are long gone.
Of course the Internet can be really beneficial, but relying on any piece of technology can cause issues. Technology was built and designed by man, and man isn’t perfect. So, technology is going to have its shortcomings and technical issues along the way. However, looking at how fast the Internet has grown and spread, it is safe to say that in another decade or maybe less, Wi-Fi will be available everywhere. We will be able to connect from anywhere with any kind of gadget.
The growth of technology and the Internet doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The Internet and technology has yet to still change how we live and work. Perhaps in the future we won’t have to go to work or school. Everything can be done from the comfort of our own homes with our own laptops. It is very easy for people to work from home today with external email and VPN access. Schools today also offer a number of courses online and education portals are becoming more and more popular. The future is now.
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