Internet Connectivity

Before you can get to 'computing' you've got to get connected. Learn about things like modem speed, broadband connections, T1 lines and satellite internet.


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Can the Internet Break From Overuse?

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing people to stay at home and use their devices way more than usual, some are wondering whether the internet could actually stop working from overuse.

Could an Attack on Undersea Cables Take Down the Internet?

The undersea cables that transmit the internet across the world are largely unprotected from terrorist or military attack.

Net Neutrality Is Gone. How Could That Affect You?

The idea behind net neutrality is for people to be able to access the same websites and services equally. Does that no longer hold true for U.S. residents?

The Battle Looms Over Net Neutrality

The very future of the internet will be decided by a five-person panel from the Federal Communications Commission.

Constellations of Internet Satellites Will Beam Broadband Everywhere

And those satellites could provide you with crazy fast internet service.

The Internet of Things Leaves Finland Cold

A recent cyberattack targeted the heating systems of two apartment buildings in Finland and left residents temporarily without heat. Thanks, internet of things.

Is Anyone Safe From Another Massive Internet Outage?

Friday's widespread Internet outages hit companies such as Twitter and Spotify hard. Are any systems safe from distributed denial-of-service attacks like these?

How Google Loon Works

Imagine a world where everyone — really, everyone — has access to the Internet. Google's Project Loon is trying to make that concept a reality ... using balloons.

How the Internet of Things Works

Your phone, your thermostat, even your doorbell can communicate with the Internet, relaying information about the devices — and you. How is all this connectivity affecting our world?

How Google Fiber Works

Google's broadband Internet and TV service is often spoken of with near-reverence for its ultra-fast speeds. Why is it so much faster than other options?

10 Nightmare Scenarios From the Internet of Things

A connected world stretching from your blender to your thermostat to the satellites overhead? It seemed like a good idea at the time.

How to Set up Wi-Fi on your Laptop

You want to set up Wi-Fi on your laptop, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to set up Wi-Fi on your laptop in this article.

How WiGig Works

Wireless networking sure is convenient, but it can be slow. An emerging standard known as WiGig may make a difference -- you can transfer 25 GB of data in less than a minute! Will WiGig outlast its competitors?

Fiber Optics

Fiber Optics, the technique of transmitting light through transparent, flexible fibers of glass or plastic.

Image Gallery: Get Connected to the Internet

Your options for getting online are myriad, and the technology is ever-evolving. Learn about modems, cables, WiFi and hotspots in vehicles with images of Internet connection tech.

How FiOS Works

With movies, television, music and more being offered on the Internet these days, you need faster connection speeds. Is fiber optic technology the answer?

How Fiber-to-the-home Broadband Works

Fiber-to-the-home broadband connections promise the next generation in connectivity to consumers. Learn more about FTTH broadband connections in this article.

5 Tips to Improve Your Wireless Connection

Wireless connections are the norm, and there are easy ways to improve your connection. Learn how to improve your wireless connection in this article.

What are the most wired countries in the world and why?

The United States isn't quite the world leader in Internet access that it once was. But how do you measure how wired a country is? Which ones are in the top 10?

How Municipal WiFi Works

Learn about the amazing things that these networks can do and how they may provide free or cheap Internet access. We'll walk you through the technology behind "Municipal WiFi" and tell you why this term can be a misnomer.

How WiMAX Works

WiMAX has hit technology news in a big way. This networking system can blanket a 30-mile radius with broadband access, compared to WiFi's 300-foot range.

How Broadband Over Powerlines Works

Imagine plugging your computer into any electrical outlet in your home and having high-speed Internet access instantly. Power line broadband is offered in a few U.S. cities, but there are groups and government agencies fighting to block further development. What's the controversy about?

How High-speed Dial-up Works

Under the impression that dial-up modems are out of style? Actually, tons of folks still use dial-up Internet access. Find out how high-speed dial-up makes the most of the original connection method.

Which is better to use for a cable modem -- a USB connection or an Ethernet card?

There are too many variables to make a generalization about whether Ethernet or USB is the better way to connect your home computer. Read this article to learn how to pick the right one for your system.

How VDSL Works

If you've been holding your breath for the next best thing in Internet connections, get ready to exhale. VDSL has five times the speed of regular broadband.