Many people think of the “internet” and the “World Wide Web” as the same thing. However, the two are very different from one another, yet still related. The internet is a system of many physical devices interconnected with one another, such as cables, computers, wireless radios, specialized communications hardware boxes, and even space satellites. The sole purpose of the internet is to move digitized information (or data) from one place to another. A similar system is the electrical grid, which is made up of many physical devices connected to one another with copper wires that moves electricity from one place (a powerplant) to another (a home or business).

The World Wide Web is one of many internet-based services we use every day. Other internet-based services you may be familiar with are email, instant messaging, and music streaming. These other services are typically accessible in a web browser, such as Chrome or Safari, even though they are not the same as the web. The reason for this is you can use a web browser to control other internet services that are not the World Wide Web. The browser gives end users a straightforward way to “tell” various internet services to start sending data to you.

At its most basic level, the internet works by interconnecting many different electronic devices, providing electricity to all the devices and then providing special instructions that these electronics automatically execute and repeat. The special instructions will vary based on what internet service you want to use, but all of them contain the same basic set of instructions that tell the electronic device how to talk to other electronic devices which form the internet.

Thanks to the internet, Uniguest can provide global support, leveraging modern technologies to speak and collaborate in real time with our team members in other countries and states to deliver better support and products.

For a more technical and in-depth explanation of how the internet works, please refer to this white paper by Rus Shuler.

Jesse Boarman

Tier III Technical Lead

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