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Packet Traveling – Series Finale

In this series, we studied the different layers of the OSI Model, and how each of the seven layers provides a unique service which the other layers depend on. We also studied the key players of the Internet, where we defined a Host, Client, Server, Switch, Router, and ARP. As well as each of their […]


Packet Traveling

  If you’re reading this blog, then you are no doubt already familiar with the wondrous creation that is the Internet. The Internet allows computers from all over the world to speak to each other. When data leaves your computer, it is grouped into small chunks called Packets. These packets are essentially little envelopes that carry […]


Host to Host through a Router

We’ve looked at what it takes for two hosts directly connected to each other to communicate. And we’ve looked at what it takes for a host to speak to another host through a switch. Now we add another network device as we look at what it takes for traffic to pass from host to host […]


Host to Host through a Switch

In the last article, we looked at everything that happens for two hosts to communicate directly with one another. In this article, we will add a common network device: a switch. We will take a look at what happens for communication from Host to Host through a Switch. This article will be the practical application of everything […]


Host to Host Communication

After discussing the makeup of the OSI Model and some of the Key Players involved in moving a packet from one host to another, we can finally discuss the specific functions which occur in allowing Host to Host communication. At the very core of the Internet is this idea that two computers can communicate with […]


Key Players

The Internet is a fascinating blend of many different elements that all work together to create a world wide network of networks which allow billions of different devices to communicate. In this article, we will look at some of the key players of the Internet and the role each fulfills in order to achieve network communication. This list is far from […]


OSI Model

The Open Systems Interconnect model (OSI Model) explains all the individual functions that are necessary for the Internet to work. It is a set of seven independent functions which combine to accomplish the end-goal of Computer to Computer communication. Much like a car is composed of independent functions which combine to accomplish the end-goal of […]


Ethernet Wiring

Ethernet is a family of specifications that governs a few different things: It covers all the different wiring specifications (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T, etc…). It describes how to send bits (1s and 0s) across each wire. It also determines how to interpret those bits into meaningful frames. Initially, this article was meant to just cover the […]