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Chapter 14. How the Internet Works > Other Internet Onramps

Other Internet Onramps

Although email 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 information on the Internet are NNTP and Gopher. A fourth Internet onramp is Internet Relay Chat, which provides a real-time discussion venue. These three Internet onramps are discussed in the sections that follow.


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