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Networked Life by Mung Chiang

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13 How does traffic get through the Internet?

We have mentioned the Internet many times so far, and all the previous chapters rely on its existence. It is about time to get into the architecture of the Internet, starting with these two chapters on the TCP/IP foundation of the Internet.

13.1   A Short Answer

We will be walking through several core concepts behind the evolution of the Internet, providing the foundation for the next four chapters. So the “short answer” section is going to be longer than the “long answer” section in this chapter.

It is tricky to discuss the historical evolution of technologies like the Internet. Some of what we would like to believe to be the inevitable results from careful design are actually the historical ...

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