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Chapter 10: Resolving Names to IP Addresses

Chapter 10

Resolving Names to IP Addresses

You’ve learned a lot about TCP/IP in previous chapters. You know that TCP/IP uses IP addresses to route traffic from one computer to another. However, if you’re like most people, you don’t want to memorize IP addresses. Computers are much easier to identify when they have names.

Computers are named with host names and NetBIOS names. Each of these name types has special features. For example, computers on the Internet use host names, but internal networks can use either host names or NetBIOS names. Additionally, TCP/IP uses several different methods to resolve these names to IP addresses. The primary method used to resolve host names to IP addresses is with Domain Name System (DNS) servers. The primary method used to resolve NetBIOS names to IP addresses is with Windows Internet Naming System (WINS) servers. However, additional methods exist. This chapter covers the different types of names, the types of name resolution, and the steps TCP/IP uses to resolve names to IP addresses.


  

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