DOT-DASH TO DOT.COM

How Modern Telecommunications Evolved from the Telegraph to the Internet

Andrew Wheen

DOT-DASH TO DOT.COM: How Modern Telecommunications Evolved from the Telegraph to the Internet The profusion of websites and applications that characterize the modern Internet may seem a far cry from the primitive telegraph systems of the late 1830s. There is, however, a direct link. The invention of the electric telegraph paved the way for telephone networks which, in turn, laid the foundations for today's Internet. In less than 170 years, simple arrangements of magnets, switches and cables evolved to become the largest and most complex machine in the world.

How did this happen? What were the inventions that shaped modern communications? Who were the key players in this amazing story? How does the Internet work? And what is coming next? This fascinating and long-overdue book answers these and many other questions, bringing to life the characters, the times they lived in, and the technological revolution that they brought about. Dot-Dash to Dot.Com



Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
About the author
Introduction: Welcome to the present

1. The birth of an industry
2. The telegraph goes global
3. A gatecrasher spoils the party
4. Early telephone networks
5. Going digital
6. A bit of wet string
7. The last mile
8. Computers get chatty
9. The birth of the Internet
10. Life in cyberspace
11. The mobile revolution
12. When failure is not an option
13. What comes next?

Appendices
Duplex telegraph
Baudot Code
Microphone wars
Digital signal processing
DSL technologies
Leveling up the playing field
Fixed wireless access networks
Internet Service Provider networks
The Internet address shortage
Virtual private networks
Internet voice services
IP television
GSM networks
Wideband CDMA
Network reliability
Availability
Error detection and correction

Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index



Extent: 320 pages, full colour throughout
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4419-6759-6



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