But First…

Close up of modern server room with many cables

Recently, I had an inquiry regarding delayed emails. I want to address the issue in depth. But first, I want to give everyone a simple but thorough explanation of the hardware components that make up the Internet.

Here is a fairly complete “parts list” of the Internet hardware:

  • Cable (wire)
  • Fiber Optic Cable
  • Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexers (Fiber Optic related)
  • Coaxial Cable
  • Relays
  • Switches
  • DNS Servers
  • Mail Servers
  • Authentication Servers
  • Web Servers
  • Modems
  • Routers
  • Terminals (Connectors)
  • Satellite
  • Microwave

All the hardware components are connected together to form the Internet. How they are connected into paths and how information is sent along those paths is a whole different subject which we won’t be addressing here.

See the next post for our answer regarding delayed emails. Questions or comments? Feel free to use the comment section below.