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Originally posted by AQuestion
reply to post by MojaveBurning
There is a company called ICANN (under a contract with the United States government) and they assign domain names to the ip address. Basically the web name is associated to the ip address; but, if we shut off the program that associates the two, you would have to know the actual IP address. The OP is correct and is doing a good service. My only concern is that a couple of months back a change was made to IPs and I don't know if this will work for all sites because we would have to know the 32 digit new IP possibly. I asked the OP this question and am hoping he has a better understanding than I. It may be possible to use either the old or new addresses.
Originally posted by MojaveBurning
Help me out here, Barney-style, folks.
Let's say "THEY" turn off Wikipedia (I know there's much more to it than simply turning it off, but I'm just trying to convey the simplicity with which I need this to be explained) :
What difference does it make if I type in www.wikipedia.com OR the IP numbers? It's still the same destination, isn't it? If they blocked access or whatever, would IP address even get me to the site I'm trying to get to?
Originally posted by Drezden
How can I access websites using their IP addresses on a mac?
Wherever you decide to host your website, the network you are on must have its own DNS servers. In fact, it is an industry-wide standard to have at least two DNS servers or more. These servers will act as the authority for your domain name because your network provider will put a special entry in their DNS server as it relates to your domain name that says: YOU ARE HERE! Technically this is known as an "A" record for "Authority".
There are literally hundreds of thousands of these DNS machines world wide. They ARE the yellow pages of the internet and they contain information about your domain name. Keep in mind that no single DNS server holds all the domain names for the internet; they only hold the names that they are responsible for, and a few pointers to find the rest.
Some DNS servers strictly store names while others are doing the work of providing lookup services for computers that need to look up names. Many DNS servers do both. Technically, the server that is responsible for a particular domain is called the "Authority". Remember the "A" record?
Originally posted by TechUnique
reply to post by FatherLukeDuke
Sorry, I am not too tech savvy. This article is better than the list: 8 technical methods that make the protect IP act useless