The Nets Worksheet
Net TypeDefinitionKey CharacteristicsUse in a
InternetThe Internet is a worldwide, publicly accessible series of interconnected computer networks that transmit data by packet switching using the standard Internet Protocol (IP). It is a "network of networks" that consists of millions of smaller domestic, academic, business, and government networks, which together carry various information and services, such as electronic mail, online chat, file transfer, and the interlinked web pages and other resources of the World Wide Web (WWW).
World Wide Web
Voice over IP
IntranetAn intranet is a private network that uses Internet and WWW technology. An intranet is kept private through the use of a firewall.
Intranet is generally restricted to employees of the organization. There does not necessarily have to be any access from the organization's internal network to the Internet itself. Intranet traffic, like public-facing web site traffic, is better understood by using web metrics software to track overall activity, as well as through surveys of users.Companies have adopted intranets to streamline their operations and to facilitate greater communication
among employees. Intranets are also being used as culture change platforms where large numbers of employees discussing key issues in an online forum leads to new ideas. Intranets are being used to deliver tools and applications, e.g., collaboration (to facilitate working in groups and teleconferencing) or sophisticated corporate directories, sales and CRM tools, project management etc., to advance productivity. ExtranetAn extranet is a Web site that allows an organization's customers and business partners limited access to an organization's
intranet for the purpose of exchanging business data.
It is a private intranet mapped onto the...