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heady233
How does the Internet get from continent to continen, I mean, how can someone playing Mario Kart on their Nintendo DS in the USA play against someone in Japan playing Mario Kart on their Nintendo DS (with a WiFi connection.) Are there little wires going through the ocean, or really huge towers that connect wirelessly? What's the answer?
Scorpio
Satellites? Confused
rightclickscott
Satellites...
Josso
Yeah that's right.

I remember playing on a Gameboy (one of those fat black and white ones) back in the days and saying "Yeah! one day these thing will have worldwide multiplayer on them, imagine the goodness".
Bondings
It's usually done with a whole bunch of fiber cables, bundled together and then dropped in the ocean, with an amplifier every 100 (or similar) kilometers.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/fiber-optic.htm
http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/jun2000/961809790.Eg.r.html
pixor
Yea, and sometimes you are unable to connect to foreign sites but can still surf in sites of your country's origin, thats when those huge fiber optic cables break because of a plate movement or a ship just cut them without noticing Shocked .
ocalhoun
Bondings wrote:
It's usually done with a whole bunch of fiber cables, bundled together and then dropped in the ocean, with an amplifier every 100 (or similar) kilometers.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/fiber-optic.htm
http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/jun2000/961809790.Eg.r.html

Now there's somebody who actualy knows what he's talking about.
Fiber optic lines like those are the backbone of the internet, and indeed nearly all telecommunications.
rightclickscott
ocalhoun wrote:
Bondings wrote:
It's usually done with a whole bunch of fiber cables, bundled together and then dropped in the ocean, with an amplifier every 100 (or similar) kilometers.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/fiber-optic.htm
http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/jun2000/961809790.Eg.r.html

Now there's somebody who actualy knows what he's talking about.
Fiber optic lines like those are the backbone of the internet, and indeed nearly all telecommunications.


How come I didn't know that? I took CISCO!
ocalhoun
rightclickscott wrote:


How come I didn't know that? I took CISCO!

'Introduction to telecommunications and lans' is the class in which I learned that, should you be interested in such things.
rightclickscott
ocalhoun wrote:
rightclickscott wrote:
How come I didn't know that? I took CISCO!

'Introduction to telecommunications and lans' is the class in which I learned that, should you be interested in such things.


Yeah, I should have payed more attention in that class, because we learned all about this. It seems like the only thing I picked up from it was how to count to 255 in binary.
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