5.2 Reading Domain Names

When we look at an IP address like “”, the left prefix is the “Network Number”, so in a sense we read IP addresses from left to right, where the left part of the IP address is the most general part of the address and right part of the address is most specific:

Broad —-> Narrow

For domain names, we read from right to left: drchuck.personal.si.umich.edu

Narrow <— Broad

The most general part of this domain name is “.edu”, which means higher education institutions. The subdomain “umich.edu” is a particular higher education institution.

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