- DNS stands for Domain Name Service and is part of the TCP/IP protocol suite. The Internet and local networks use DNS to translate domain names into IP addresses.
- DNS lookups are commonly used to diagnose and troubleshoot network issues.
- Websites like DNS Stuff and DNS Tools allow users to perform various DNS tasks, including forward DNS lookup. Users can also perform a forward domain search directly from their computer by using the command "nslookup" (no quotes) in the command window for Windows or the terminal window for Mac OS X and Linux distributions.
- A reverse DNS lookup uses an IP address to find the associated domain name, if one exists.