What does TCP/IP has to do with telecommunications?
Everything! Nowadays, everything converges into the World of Internet - and Telecommunications are not an exception.
To understand basic concepts like routers and protocols is not trivial, but today is essential. Almost everything new are based on IP, at the same time new and different types of service increasingly make use of data packets.
But the taks is not easy. Did you ever tried to explain how IP Works to some newbie?
Chances are he will get lost after first definitions (packet, firewall, router…).
Fortunately, some genius “Edutainer” guys created an amazing movie that makes this task a lot easier - not to say, enjoyable!
It is the perfect tool for introducing Internet to newbie users, and it helps the newcomers visualise how the Net works. An amazing way to get an idea about all these concepts!
The movie is 12 minutes long and pictures an IP packets journey through net past routers, firewalls and transatlantic cables. It is available in several languages such as: English, German, French, Hebrew, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Hungarian, Czech, Spanish and Ukranian.
The movie explaining the TCP/IP has even a great “soundtrack”.
The site provides several images that can be used eg as material for presentations, provided that they respect the usage for non-profit. For other purposes it is necessary to pay for a license.
The technical and educational film Warriors of the Net shows in an easy way the operation of TCP/IP networks. Although it is pretty old its basic concepts are still very present, and must be well understood for anyone who wants to know the IP World.
The filmmakers (Gunilla Elam - Ericsson Medialab) used the analogy of physical resources from the real world, and in 1999 created the best resource for learning the introduction of the IP world. Packets for instance, are trucks.
Of course, you’re using Internet to read this online article, don’t you?
But: do you know how it works? What is the appearance of a router? How is the “look” of an IP packet or how an IP packet travels through a firewall?
All answers and more are presented in a very nice way simply using 3D animation.
Could you describe to someone how “data” leaves your phone and reach the other side? How would be the “physical form” of these elements?
Taking the tradtional way we could go into details like layered levels… and right at that moment (unless you’re talking to a computer science student) the conversation soon stop to be interesting.
But try to show the video to him. The initial curiosity will change to “interest”, and with time it will be transformed into knowledge understood in amazing way.
In no time, any layman on the subject will know the hitherto invisible IP world, and remember it every time they connect to the Internet!
The following image, available there, shows that the analogy is made to demonstrate how the data is loaded into a package.
Tip: For those of you without youtube access there are also available two of the most popular clips in English and Spanish to download.
This was a brief summary of http://www.warriorsofthe.net/movie.html which presents an incredible movie that will help you to understand in simple way common terms involved in the operation of TCP/IP data, or how the Internet works, in a super creative way. Prepare your popcorn, take your seat, and watch!
We hope you’ve enjoyed.
Telecom Made Easy!
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