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How does the internet work?

Asked by Questionsaboutstuff (205 points ) December 5th, 2012

So when I type in Google into the search bar, it goes to a DNS server but who owns this server who sets up what name each domain can have and how are they linked?

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burntbonez's avatar

There are many companies that own servers that support the internet. There are many companies that own the cables that connect the servers. There are many companies that allocate IP addresses and site names. There are many companies that provide security.

They have developed a set of rules of behavior that allows them all to cooperate to create what we know of as the internet. The work is distributed so that if any one company or set of companies goes down, it will not kill the entire internet. Sorry I can’t be more specific.

dabbler's avatar

Usually your DNS server belongs to your internet service provider(ISP). But there are only a few top-level DNS servers from which the rest of them, including your ISP, get a distribution of all DNS mappings.
The DNS mappings are sent to the top level by the registrar companies (e.g. Network Solutions, GoDaddy, etc).
At the top of all of it is the coordination body ICANN.

jerv's avatar

Going the other way, not all servers are owned by companies. Some of my friends have servers in their living room. However, they all adhere to the same communications standards as any other server, and are registered the same as any company-owned server.

Registration is important; if your aren’t registered, nobody can get to your site.

_Whitetigress's avatar

I’ve read an informational book similar to this one

It answered how data frequencies traveled. This might amuse you!

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