INTERNET ACCESS -->
Access Through PEACESAT
Internet, sometimes simply called "the Net," is a worldwide
system of computer networks. It was conceived by the Advanced
Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in 1969 and was first known as
the ARPANET. The Internet is now a public, cooperative network
connecting hundreds of millions of people worldwide. The majority
of the users on the internet use it for accessing the World Wide
Web (often called "the Web") or sending electronic
mail (or e-mail).
PEACESAT has two separate and independent connections
to the Internet; one through the University of Hawaii (UH) and
another through T-1 links to local Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
The former connection is used to support the PEACESAT sites throughout
the Pacific island region, while the latter supports the Pacific
Partners Network (PPN) sites.
in the Pacific island region that go through PEACESAT for their
internet access are connected through the University of Hawaii
network. The UH network currently has the following connections
to the world:
DS-3 to the Internet
OC-3 to the Internet2
OC-3 to Australia Research Network
The users on
the Pacific Partners Network are connected to the Internet through
three (3) T-1 links to two (2) separate ISPs. Usually, a single
device (i.e. the main router for the PPN network) can only have
one connection to the Internet. However, this connection utilizes
a routing protocol called Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) which
maintains the simultaneous connection to the separate ISPs. This
creates a level of redundancy for the PPN Internet connection
as well as load balancing capabilities.