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What is the Difference Between an Intranet and the Internet


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There's one major distinction between an intranet and the Internet: The Internet is an open, public space, while an intranet is designed to be a private space. An intranet may be accessible from the Internet, but as a rule it's protected by a password and accessible only to employees or other authorized users.

From within a company, an intranet server may respond much more quickly than a typical Web site. This is because the public Internet is at the mercy of traffic spikes, server breakdowns and other problems that may slow the network. Within a company, however, users have much more bandwidth and network hardware may be more reliable. This makes it easier to serve high-bandwidth content, such as audio and video, over an intranet.


Slow access speeds (e.g. 56Kbps dial up connectivity)

Different types of web browsers are used to view the website (e.g. Netscape, IE, Opera)

Different types of operating systems are used to view the website (e.g. Windows, Mac)

Global audience (e.g. multilingual, different cultures)


Faster access speeds (e.g. 100Mbps LAN connectivity).

Standardized type of browser. Minimal or no compatibility issues

Standardized type of operating systems.

Primarily local audience

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