Question: Is DNS A Protocol?

(Although many people think “DNS” stands for “Domain Name Server,” it really stands for “Domain Name System.”) DNS is a protocol within the set of standards for how computers exchange data on the internet and on many private networks, known as the TCP/IP protocol suite.

Is DNS application layer protocol?

Protocols at the Physical, Data-Link, Network, or Transport layers do not use names. Only applications need to use names, so DNS is an application-layer protocol because it allows the application to translate a name into a network address.

What is the purpose of DNS protocol?

Domain Name Servers (DNS) are the Internet’s equivalent of a phone book. They maintain a directory of domain names and translate them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. This is necessary because, although domain names are easy for people to remember, computers or machines, access websites based on IP addresses.

What type of protocol is DNS?

User Datagram Protocol (UDP)


DNS uses TCP for Zone transfer and UDP for name queries either regular (primary) or reverse. UDP can be used to exchange small information whereas TCP must be used to exchange information larger than 512 bytes.