Multiple hardware and software components work together to form the infrastructure needed to access the Internet.
Here are examples of the required client software you will need:
Operating system: An operating system (OS) provides the user interface and manages system resources such as disk
drives and video cards. The operating system controls how the system operates overall.
OSs are needed on both the client and the server, but they can be different types.
TCP/IP software: Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is a communications protocol suite that
lets dissimilar systems communicate. Every TCP/IP network client and server needs a unique IP address to identify it.
Web browser: A client application used to browse, or "interface with," the Internet.
Examples of browsers include Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
- Email: Electronic mail is a client application for transmitting mail over a network.
Email is used as a worldwide communications tool.
In the next lesson, how to configure a Macintosh to access the Internet will be discussed.