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    What are the names of those computers that hold the internet up?


    I can't seem to figure out what the names are for the nodes that carry packets across the internet. I'm hoping to be able to look up a picture of one of them.

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    You may enjoy this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDbyYGrswtg&feature=kp

    If you wanna know the names of the nodes forwarding the packets ... I would call them routers

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    The original ones were IMPs which these days are routers which look relatively boring. Of course there are banks of these in a chassis along with the servers which looks a lot less boring. Just for kicks, imagine supporting these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elija View Post
    Just for kicks, imagine supporting these.
    Oh I've worked where we had nightmares like that. Problem is fixing it is dam near impossible, in our "spaghetti room" we had volunteers but after a week they gave up. Only way would of been to completely pull all wire and rewire, but the downtime to do that would of been too great.

    But working for a boss who want comm' room to look perfect can be as bad. One clown I worked for want picture perfect patch panels and cables going into servers, but to do that he had just jammed all the excess cable into wire channel to point covers would barely go back on. Yep when you had to change a cable or add another it was a nightmare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elija View Post
    The original ones were IMPs which these days are routers which look relatively boring. Of course there are banks of these in a chassis along with the servers which looks a lot less boring. Just for kicks, imagine supporting these.
    No I'm not talking about routers. I'm talking about the big powerful computers that carry the packets. Like the purple circle things in this picture:
    bigpathinternet1.jpg

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    Those would be routers. They are a little bit more powerful than the one your ISP gives you
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    Wikipedia always a good starting point when looking for answers. Remember it's the inter-NET its a network so not really servers.

    The Internet Backbone.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_backbone
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    Thanks. I never would have guessed they would actually call them "routers". That seems kind of like a really bad name for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm-rf View Post
    Thanks. I never would have guessed they would actually call them "routers". That seems kind of like a really bad name for them.
    Think about what a router does its a very descriptive name.
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