Q:

How is data transmitted on the Internet?

A:

Quick Answer

Data transmission on the Internet occurs through a packet-switching network. When transmitted, data on the Internet is broken down into smaller packages that are approximately 1500 bytes each.

Know More
How is data transmitted on the Internet?
Credit: polygraphus Digital Vision Vectors Getty Images

Full Answer

The packages used for Internet data transfer are formally known as packets. Each packet contains information about the sender's address, the receiver's address, the data's place in the entire message and how the receiving computer can be sure that the data arrived intact. Data transfer on the Internet occurs through fiber-optic cables, radio towers, cell phone towers, 4G towers and satellites. The number of bits transferred each second, or bits per second, is a measurement of the speed at which data transfer occurs on an Internet connection. A broadband connection can reach speeds of up to 2,000 bits per second, or 2 megabits per second.

When someone conducts an Internet search through a WiFi connection, data travels from a router connected to a digital subscriber line, or DSL, that comes in through a phone jack. The search from the browser then goes to the Internet provider's server, which seeks the IP address requested. Mobile phones can also send and receive data from the Internet by accessing 3G and Long-Term Evolution (LTE) towers.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What does it mean when the link light on a modem is blinking?

    A:

    When the link light on a modem is blinking, it means that there is data being transmitted between equipment, such as between a computer and modem. The Ethernet link makes the data transfer possible.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the main purpose of the Internet?

    A:

    The main purpose of the Internet is to provide global access to data and communications. Use of the Internet and networking is essential for advancing research in science, medicine, engineering and design as well as in maintaining global defense and surveillance. With better access to microcomputing, the Internet also fosters a global workforce and users provides access to wider cultural contexts.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    For what is the Internet used?

    A:

    Uses of the Internet include checking weather and news reports, sending/receiving email, performing financial transactions, shopping, searching for jobs, playing games, listening to music and even taking classes electronically. The Internet is used daily by all sectors of society, including individuals, corporations and research institutions. The reasons for using the Internet vary based on several factors including gender and race.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why is the Internet bad?

    A:

    The Internet is considered by some people to be a bad thing because it allows any person to post information regardless of whether it is true or hurtful to another person. One of the biggest downfalls of the Internet is the spread of false information. This is especially a problem for open source websites that allow multiple users to edit web pages.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore