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Picture of How to make The Internet (from The IT Crowd).
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Welcome!


This is my first instructable since I was born, so without further ado, let us begin!
In this instructable, I will show you how to make THE INTERNET.


The Internet was first shown in public in The IT Crowd, Series 3, Episode 4.

Consisting of a mysterious black box with a flashing red indicator LED, the power of the world is contained within.

Fun facts about the internet!

1. The internet is surprisingly small!
2. The internet is wireless!
3. The internet is very light! (of course the internet doesn't weigh anything!)
4 The internet lives at the top of Big Ben! (where it gets the best reception)
5. Before being borrowed, it MUST be demagnetised! Preferably by a Grand Master of The Internet such as Stephen Hawking.


Every part of this project was purchased from Maplin. I will list the components and order codes for your ease of use in the next step.

Having recently got back into electronics after a hiatus, I decided to set myself an easily accomplishable task.
For those getting into electronics and want something fun, geeky and slightly obscure, then this instructable is for you!
Onwards!


 
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Step 1: Parts, Pieces and Prices

Picture of Parts, Pieces and Prices
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All the parts of this project were purchased from Maplin Electronics, here follows a list of the parts with order codes in brackets and prices.
I hope I don't have to tell you that these prices can and will change in time so don't be surprised if it costs a couple of quid more in a few months...



Black ABS Box (BZ75) x 1 @  £3.99
Strip board (JP46) x 1 @ £1.46
Solid core wire (BL94) x 1 @ £1.99
High efficiency red 5mm LED (uk48) x 1 @ £0.49
Chrome LED bezel (N88AX) x 1 @ £1.19
NE555 timer (QH66) x 1 @ £0.59
330 ohm 0.6W resistor (M330R) x 1 @ £0.17
1M ohm 0.6W resistor (M1M) x 2 @ £0.17
1uF 100V electrolytic capacitor(VH16) x 1 @ £0.13
CR2032 holder (L01AC) x 2 @ £0.59
CR2032 (ZB74) x 2 @ £2.99

I believe that's everything...
The total is £17.51, if I've added correctly. The most expensive parts are the box and the batteries. I could have bought them from somewhere other than maplin, and most likely somewhere cheaper (ebay for example), but I'm lazy and wanted to get everything I needed from the one place!
(side note: being that this project marks my return to electronics, I also had to buy a soldering iron, stand and solder... this fast became an expensive flashing box!)


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krmishra318 days ago

Why we cannot leave inside car and why can't take to airport?

barista4 years ago
Mwuahahahahaha!

Sorry got carried away there.
I have a bunch of salvaged components including a 10mm LED with a chrome bezel already on it. All I'll need to buy is the case.
I'm gonna make one and put it on my desk at work and tell everyone "That? Oh, THAT's The Internet". I might even put it in a museum-style glass case! I'll post pics when finished.
Nice work.

(Season 4 on Channel 4 in the UK now BTW)

No, no, it needs to be on top of Big Ben!

emesele5 months ago
measures of the box please
casman300 made it!7 months ago

been meaning to make the internet for ages and finally got the chance. I have a power switch in the hole on the side and have also added magnets inside the case so its out of the way.

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uptonryan8 months ago

Does the internet come in packets? If so do the packets take a long time to unwrap?

JoburgJim10 months ago

The Elders of the Internet thank you

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Linksep5 years ago
Why not just spend $1.49 on a self blinking LED from RadioShack? Hook it to Battery and it's done.
Sorry, ignorant American here. Do they have Radio Shack outside of the US?
Ignorant American here too... I didn't look 'till just now.  They have Radio Shack in the Americas (North, Central, South) and the Middle East. None in Europe.

In any event, you could get the same thing from whatever store is your country's version of Radio Shack. If there's nothing similar near you there is always ebay or other websites to buy from.
Buy one in maplin and it'll cost you £5.00
Used to be called RS in Canada, but now it's The Source.
eatplastik5 years ago
 'If you type 'google' into google, you'd break the internet' hahahahahahahaha 
Yep.. FOR PITY'S SAKE DON'T TRY IT....

But it's ok, because you can fix it by turning it off and on again..
pyro5154 years ago
Haha I love the inside joke about the led about its legs being spread apart waiting to be penetrated xD
mcolosim4 years ago
A fun addition would to change the rate at which it blinks to look data coming through
kesanam5 years ago
is this instructible really true or it's a funny thing. i cant' understand all the above comments. can we really get a wireless free internet.
no its just a prop from an episode
Gubban kesanam5 years ago
øhhh??
Dr.Bill kesanam5 years ago
wow
cattrain5 years ago
 Thank you for the guide. I just built my first internet, and my first electronic project. The guide was simple enough to understand, and complicated enough to learn from. I look forward to building more stuff in the future!
Oliveman5 years ago
 Fools! It's a series of tubes! This is not a series of tubes!
hazza_11255 years ago
 The ELDERS of the Internet would never allow this!
Wait a sec......The elders of the internet? THE ELDERS OF THE INTERNET KNOW WHO I AM???!!!!!!

lol, thank u so much! :)
Ward_Nox5 years ago
why would the internet be in England when it was invented by a group of American universities  for the us military to build NORAD?
The internet was actually invented in europe by CERN, The same people who have the Large Hadron Collider. It was invented to share research information between their buildings.
Melty Mcface (author)  ScubaSteve5 years ago
Eeeeeh it's a bit of a grey area, depends on whether you're talking The Internet or the World Wide Web. The latter was invented by Englishman TIm Berners Lee at CERN, the former was, I believe, an American invention.
Exactly.  And which one is no more than a communication protocol that requires the other to function?  There was an Internet (WAIS, Gopher, etc.) long before the WWW.
It's not grey.. Tim Berners Lee invented the web .. which runs across the internet

admittedly most people don't make a distinction these days between the two but
 lots of us were using the 'internet' on a daily basis for a number of years before mosaic came out.
Really, it was Henry van Statten, but we will just keep that to ourselves. 
I though he just owned it?
 Yeah he just owns it.
He invented pants...
 And all this time I thought it was Al Gore.  :P   LOL
Actually, Mosaic came from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, hence its full name: NCSA Mosaic.  Mr. Berners-Lee's program was called WorldWideWeb.  According to Wikipedia, it was later renamed Nexus....
I think you'll find it was invented by an Irishman by the name of Graham Linehan, as eny ful kno.
Close, but not exactly.  The Internet is a "civilianized" version of DARPAnet, which was cut lose from its DoD roots, because they got tired of reading newspaper headlines every other month about about how some amazing hackers "broke into a DoD computer system".

I don't doubt that CERN folks used DARPAnet back in the day.

As I recall, the DoD contracted with three different organizations to design a robust, decentrailzed communication system, and all three independently came up with pretty much the same thing, which is the basic concept of the Internet.
the internet was actually invented by the the us military. for that matter the world wide web was allso invented over here. yes cern did creat a complex network, but it wasn't the first.
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