Upload versus Download
Motherboard on June 5th, 2012 with No Comments
I did a quick search to see what the internet had to say about the difference between the terms “upload” and “download”. And if I were the average person, I definitely would have been intimidated by the first three websites I looked at.
I’m a computer nerd, and I was still intimidated. So if right now you are asking what is the difference between upload and download, or what does upload or download mean? Then don’t feel bad. The answer is not very easy to understand based upon what I found.
But that’s what the Motherboard is here for, so I can break it down for you.
Remember my previous post about “The Cloud“? In that post I explained that the internet was represented by a drawing of a cloud in network diagrams when the engineers were mapping out their computer networks. So in this instance, let’s think of the internet as a cloud.
The clouds exist above us. So if you are getting information from the internet, then you are downloading something.
If you are sending something from your computer and putting it on the internet, then you are uploading something.
Upload – something from your computer is sent remotely to another place (server, computer, email or website). Up to the cloud.
Download – something from the internet or email or another remote device (even a usb stick or external drive) is being brought to your local computer. Down from the cloud (or other device).
Do you have any other computer or technical term questions?
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