Numerous terms and acronyms play a crucial role in ensuring data flows smoothly from one point to another. One such term that holds immense significance in networking is “TTL,” which stands for Time to Live. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explain what it is, why it matters, and how it affects your online experience.
What is TTL?
TTL, or Time to Live, is a fundamental concept in networking. It’s a value associated with data packets that helps manage the lifespan of those packets as they travel the Internet. Time to Live is primarily used in the Internet Protocol (IP) suite, which is the set of rules controlling how data is sent, received, and routed across the Internet.
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When you dive into the Internet adventure, Domain Name System (DNS) will become your work environment, and DNS records, your constant tools to reach different purposes.
What are DNS records for?
DNS records are text files, and they hold important details related to a domain and its configuration. DNS records also contain critical instructions for name servers (DNS servers) about how to handle different aspects of the domain. There are multiple types of DNS records. Each follows a different purpose. In some cases, they combined can complement each other and work together to reach a common objective.
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