In this chapter
Selecting an Internet service provider
Working with an Internet access provider
Understanding the Internet backbone infrastructure
Connecting a network to the Internet
Understanding cable modems
Working with proxy servers
Using network address translation
In the previous chapter, we took a look at how the Internet has evolved over the last 30 years from a government-funded project in packet-switching technologies to the very public global network that we are familiar with today. We also discussed some of the different protocols that have come and gone (and stayed) as programmers developed different avenues and interfaces for accessing the Internet.
In this chapter, we discuss issues related ...