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The big deal about bandwidth:
and what it all really means to you.
It's hard to read something about the Web without hearing someone
say "bandwidth". Just what does the whole idea of bandwidth really mean,
though? How does it fit into the context of your job designing web pages?
Under stand those two things, and you will have
an advantage to get ahead in the game.
In a nut shell the whole Internet is nothing but a bunch of wires that connect a
bunch of computers together, simple enough. It doesn't get complicated until you
take into account that these wires are different sizes, some able to carry a lot
of data at once and some able to carry only a little data at once. It gets even more
complicated when looking at how these wires are connected together. There are traffic
jams and bottle-necks that limit the effective flow of data.
__ I'll use our own connection set-up as an example.
BoxTop has a direct fiber-optic connection to our local ISP. That line can carry
100 MBITS of data per second, roughly 100 times as much as a T1 line can carry. Then
that line connects to a single puny T1 line that connects to the ISP's upstream provider.
Five other T1 lines also connect to that lone T1 line making the connection to the
upstream provider. That is what a bottle neck is, but it isn't the only bottle neck.
Once data we send to the rest of the Internet manages to make it to the upstream
provider then another bottle-neck occurs, much like the first only worse. Then even
more T1 lines from more locations all converge and are finally routed to a backbone
network by way of just two individual T1 lines.
What is the reality of
Special Thanks to Travis
creator of ImageVice, PhotoGIF, ProJEPG and GIFmation -- programs designed for Web
designers to meet the bandwidth challenge of Web design.
Copyright 1997 BoxTop Software, Inc. All
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