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Chapter 11. HOW THE INTERNET WORKS > Other Internet Onramps

Other Internet Onramps

Although e-mail and the Web predominate user access to the Internet, other tools can be used to access various information repositories on the "Net." One of the earliest TCP/IP protocols used for connecting one computer to another was the Telnet protocol. Very useful in the Unix environment, Telnet can be used to connect to another computer and access resources on that computer. Although Telnet is still used a great deal to configure and monitor routers and switches on large internetworks, it isn't used all that much to access the Internet.

Two other protocols that can be used to access Internet information are NNTP and Gopher. These two protocols are discussed in the sections that follow.


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