Intro to Internet – Understanding the Basics

If you didn’t grow up using the Internet, you know it can be overwhelming. Well, we have an intro to Internet that will help you become Internet savvy and know some of the most important things when it comes to the Internet.

Intro to Internet - how has it changed?

When Internet first entered our homes, we had dial-up service that used our phone lines and exercised our patience to its maximum. Now, Internet speeds are almost 1,000 to 3,000 times faster than dial-up. The Internet is used to communicate, stream music and TV, shop, manage business, and much more. We don’t log on only at home and work anymore – we carry the Internet in our pockets!

What exactly is Internet speed?

Download and upload are commonly used to discuss internet service when we talk about speed. Download speed refers to how quickly information is being transferred to the device you are using. Upload speed is the same, but reversed. It is how quickly the information you are sending (such as files, photos, etc.) gets sent to the Internet. So, you will see Mbps as a unit to measure download and upload speed and it refers to megabits per second.

What is Data?

Okay, so we’ve covered speed but what about data? Every time you send and receive emails, upload images, stream video, download files, access a website, you are using data! Your monthly data usage is determined by the amount of this information you send and receive. There are certain activities on the web that do use more data than others. Online gaming, online video chatting, and streaming videos (Hulu, Netflix, Youtube) can use large amounts of data. However, social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), sending/receiving emails, and general web surfing use minimal amounts of data.

There are a few quick tips the Brainiacs can share with you to help conserve your data! When you are browsing the web, make sure to close tabs that you aren't using. You can play video games offline, turn off autoplay on streaming video, and make sure to turn your devices off at night. This can help you get the most of your data!

What is Wi-Fi?

It is okay to be confused about the difference of Wi-Fi and Internet. Most of the time, the terms are used interchangeably. Wi-fi is the technology that uses radio waves to provide network connectivity to your home. So, the internet is the main service and wi-fi is how we get it without having to plug in to the modem or connection point. We have some great tips to help improve your Wi-Fi too.

Some modems may just need to be updated. If you make sure to update to 5GHZ, it will help avoid interference from your neighbors networks. We also recommend protecting your Wi-Fi network with a password - either WPA or WPA2. Also, your wireless router should be in a centralized location in your house, positioned high. There's also the option to add separate connection points in your home that allow you to extend the range of the Wi-Fi.

How is a browser different than a search engine?

This one is tricky too! A browser is different than a search engine, although most browsers have included the ability to search in the address bar. Yes, it's a little confusing. The main function of a browser is to access webpages when you know the exact web address ( for example). However, a search engine is tailored to help you find webpages on the internet when you do not know where to access them directly. A search engine doesn't search the whole web, it searches an index of the web. You can go to and search to find many other pages - try it out for yourself!


Okay, so there it is! All the basics that you need to know to be internet savvy. You have speed mastered - upload AND download! You've got an understanding of your data and how to conserve it. Not to mention, a great handle on how to improve your Wi-Fi and search for anything on the web. What more do you need? You're ready to conquer the Internet. If you're curious to see how this all translates to your services, take a look at our current internet packages and feel free to contact us anytime through customer support. 

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