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How the Internet Really Works

Published by Pearson

March 9, 2018

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Coordinated Universal Time

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What you’ll learn and how you can apply it

By the end of this webinar, participants will have a solid understanding of how the global Internet really works, who pays for what, and some of the tools available to discover information about organizations, domain names, and routes.

This live event is for you because…

  • You want to understand all the pieces of the Internet, and how they work together
  • You want to understand how each piece of the Internet’s infrastructure is paid for
  • You want to understand how to discover information about who owns a DNS name, an IP address, or some other Internet asset
  • You want to understand how the standards bodies operate, and their importance to the Internet ecosystem


Resources - BGP4: Inter-Domain Routing on the Internet


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing.

Segment 1

The Domain Name System (50 minutes) - This segment will cover how a DNS query is resolved, what a glue record does, and DNS tools such as nslookup.

10 Minute Break

Segment 2:

The Routing and Transport System (40 minutes) - This segment covers tracing a packet through the Internet, access providers, IX or private peering, transport providers, and content providers.

Segment 3

The Reshaping of the Internet (10 minutes) - This segment covers content providers cutting transport providers out and peering directly through IX’s

10 minute break

Segment 4

Routing Tools (40 minutes) - This segment covers Looking Glass, peeringDB, OpenBMP information, traceroute, IRR information, Cyclops, and other tools

Segment 5

Other Organizations of Note (20 minutes) - This segment covers the purpose, organization, and funding of various organizations, including the IETF, the W3C, the IEEE, the ITU, the Internet Society, and network operator groups

Your Instructor

  • Russ White

    Russ White began working with computers in the mid-1980's and computer networks in 1990. He has co-authored forty-seven software patents, participated in the development of several Internet standards, helped develop the CCDE and the CCAr, and worked in Internet governance with the Internet Society. Russ is a co-host of the History of Networking and Hedge podcasts, serves on the Routing Area Directorate at the IETF, co-chairs the BABEL working group, and serves on the Technical Services Council/as a maintainer on the open source FR Routing project. Russ holds an MSIT from Capella University, an MACM from Shepherds Theological Seminary, and is a PhD Candidate in philosophy at SEBTS.

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