I love Fall. It’s my favorite time of year. There’s nothing better than getting up on a Sunday morning and knowing you have a full day of football to enjoy. Whether you are a Colts, Bengals, or Bears fan, you will undoubtedly use the Internet to follow a score, watch a clip, or in many cases use Fiberhawk for every second of our weekly football requirement.
I would like to personalize the Internet a little more, and give you a peek behind the curtain at how we, Fiberhawk, get our Internet and deliver it to you, our valued subscriber.
You might ask from where the Internet originates. There is not a single source for the Internet. If you personally create information that someone uses, technically you are the data origin. It can be something as simple as pressing “yes” on a questionnaire. Your computer encodes your response. It then sends it to the appropriate recipient, where their computer interprets and begins its next command. Simple, right?
So what does Fiberhawk sell? Let’s work backward.
- Your device, whether a computer, cellphone, game console, Alexa, or Roku sends and receives data to interpret and create a product your senses can interpret.
- Your device connects to a router whether that is with an ethernet cable or wirelessly.
- That router connects to Fiberhawk’s ONT (Optical Network Terminal), DSL NID (Digital Subscriber Line, Network Interface Device), or our fixed wireless radio POE (Power over Ethernet).
- The service is then transmitted to one of our central offices where it is combined with other traffic.
- That traffic is connected to our ‘backbone’ providers. We are currently using IFN (Intelligent Fiber Network formerly Indiana Fiber Network) and Wintek out of West Lafayette (Let’s focus on IFN for simplicity).
- The traffic then flows to the IFN Central Office in Indianapolis.
- From the IFN CO, it goes to the Henry Street Colocation facility. The Colocation facility is where the real magic happens.
Most of the Internet traffic in the entire state flows through the Henry Street location. There are other colocation hubs near the state such as Cermak in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Louisville, but the majority of our traffic flows through Henry Street. IFN buys circuits from the big guys like ATT, Comcast, Century Link, etc. to allow traffic to flow both ways.
It is our job to secure the connection from a collocation center to our central office, which is called the middle mile, break it down in our equipment, and send it to our customers in the most efficient way possible, which is called the last mile.
Please let me know if this brief and basic overview of Fiberhawk helps in your understanding of a practical explanation of the network. Also, I would like to hear from you on about which subjects you would like me to write. We would like to answer any questions you have or what you find interesting about Fiberhawk.
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