Browsing also called Surfing the process of looking into the information available in the web. One of the preconditions for browsing is that you should be connected to the Internet.
For connecting to Internet one should have an Internet account with a service provider and you have done the connection settings on your computer relating to that account. Browser:
A Web browser is software application that enables one to find, retrieve, and display information available on the World Wide Web (WWW).
Browser also allows one to traverse information resources on the WWW.
As we know that the information on the Web is organized and formatted using tags of a Markup language called Hypertext Markup Language or HTML.
A web browser is converts the HTML tags and their content into a formatted display of information. Thus, a web browser allows you to see the rich web contents from a website. Some of the popular web browsers are - Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and Opera.
Internet is characterized by the Client Server Computing that consists of three basic components:
1. The Web client which may be the web browser.
2. The web server that services the request of the web client.
3. The network that connects the client and the servers through a network such as LAN, WAN or the Internet.
For exchanging information between the client and the server, an application level protocol Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is used.
This protocol uses the services of TCP/IP for communication of reliable information over the internet.
For such applications, different application level protocols have been designed, for example, for VoIP a protocol named Realtime Transport protocol (RTP) has been designed.
The HTTP protocol allows us to access a web page by a web client running a browser. A Web page is a document or resource of information that may be available on a Web Server.
Description of buttons in a web browser:
It allows the user to view multiple web pages in the same browser without opening a new browser session.
2. Address bar:
It is also known as URL Bar is a place where the user can type the web page address that one want to retrieve from the web address.
It also displays the address of the web page currently being visited by the user.
This is also called as reload button. It reloads the current web page.
4. Back/Forward Buttons:
Back button can be used by the user for going back to the previously visited web page whereas the Forward button is used to visit the next page (if the user is not on the most recent page visited by him/her, this may happen when the user have pressed the back button at least once).
Home page is the first page of any web site. Home button will bring the user back to the home page of one’s website.
Search box allows any term to be searched by the search engine from the web. It can also used for searching contents from the website visiting.
Web Browser - Timeline:
In the late 1980s, a variety of technologies laid the foundation for World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
The first graphical web browsers which led to explosion of web usage was developed in 1993 by under the leadership of Marc Andreessen. The browser was named NCSA Mosaic.
Netscape Navigator was the first very popular browser in 1994. It accounted for 90% of all web use at its peak.
Opera was started in 1996. It is presently one of the popular browsers on a mobile phone.
Apple Safari was developed in 2003. It is the main browser used in Apple machines.
Metropolitan Area Network (MAN):
Metropolitan area networks, or MANs, are large computer network that spans a metropolitan area or campus. Its geographic scope falls between a WAN and LAN.
They typically use wireless infrastructure or Optical fiber connections to link their sites.
A MAN is optimized for a larger geographical area than a LAN, ranging from several blocks of buildings to entire cities.
MANs can also depend on communications channels of moderate-to-high data rates. A MAN might be owned and operated by a single organization, but it usually will be used by many individuals and organizations.
MANs might also be owned and operated as public utilities or privately owned. They will often provide means for internet working of local networks.
Characteristics of MAN:
It generally covers towns and cities (50 kms)
Communication medium used for MAN are optical fiber cables, however it may use other media too.
Data rates adequate for distributed computing applications.
Wide Area Network (WAN):
Wide Area Network is a network system connecting cities, countries or continents, a network that uses routers and public communications links.
The largest and most well-known example of a WAN is the Internet.
WANs are used to connect LANs and other types of networks together, so that users and computers in one location can communicate with users and computers in other locations.
Many WANs are built for one particular organization and are private. Others, built by Internet service providers, provide connections from an organization's LAN to the Internet.
WANs are often built using leased lines. At each end of the leased line, a router connects to the LAN on one side and a hub within the WAN on the other.
Virtual Private Network (VPN):
A VPN may be defined as the secure way of connecting to your private LAN (such as your company network) from a remote location using the Internet or any other unsecure network.
Characteristics of WAN:
It generally covers large distances (states, countries, continents).
Communication medium used are satellite, public telephone networks which are connected by routers.
Routers forward packets from one to another on a route from the sender to the receiver. Identifying nodes in a networked
Each node in a network should be uniquely identified so that a network device can identify the sender and receiver and decide a routing path to transmit data.
I. MAC Address:
MAC stands for Media Access Control. The MAC address, also known as the physical or hardware address, is a unique value associated with a network adapter called a NIC.
The MAC address is engraved on NIC at the time of manufacturing and thus it is a permanent address and cannot be changed under any circumstances.
The machine on which the NIC is attached, can be physically identified on the network using its MAC address.
Each MAC address is a 12-digit hexadecimal numbers (48 bits in length), of which the first six digits (24 bits) contain the manufacturer’s ID called Organisational Unique Identifier (OUI) and the later six digits (24 bits) represents the serial number assigned to the card by the manufacturer.
II. IP Address:
IP address, also known as Internet Protocol address, is also a unique address that can be used to uniquely identify each node in a network. v The IP addresses are assigned to each node in a network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication.
Thus, if we know a computer’s IP address, we can communicate with that computer from anywhere in the world.
The initial IP Address called version 4 (IPV4 in short), is a 32 bit numeric address, written as four numbers separated by periods, whereeach number is the decimal (base-10) representation for an 8-bit binary (base-2) number and each can take any value from 0 - 255.