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What is 188.8.131.52?
184.108.40.206 is Cloudflare’s fast and secure DNS resolver. When you request to visit an application like
cloudflare.com, your computer needs to know which server to connect you to so that it can load the application. Computers don’t know how to do this name to address translation, so they ask a specialized server to do it for them.
This specialized server is called a DNS recursive resolver. The resolver’s job is to find the address for a given name, like
cloudflare.com, and return it to the computer that asked for it.
Computers are configured to talk to specific DNS resolvers, identified by IP address. Usually the configuration is managed by your ISP (like Comcast or AT&T) if you’re on your home or wireless Internet, and by your network administrator if you’re connected to the office Internet. You can also change the configured DNS resolver your computer talks to yourself.
How can I check if my computer / smartphone / tablet is connected to 220.127.116.11?
Visit 18.104.22.168/help to make sure your system is connected to 22.214.171.124 and that it is working.
What do DNS resolvers do?
DNS resolvers are like address books for the Internet. They translate the name of places to addresses so that your browser can figure out how to get there. DNS resolvers do this by working backwards from the top until they find the website your are looking for.
Every resolver knows how to find the invisible
. at the end of domain names (for example,
cloudflare.com.). There are hundreds of root servers all over the world that host the
. file, and resolvers are hard coded to know the IP addresses of those servers. Cloudflare itself hosts that file on all of its servers around the world through a partnership with ISC.
The resolver asks one of the root servers where to find the next link in the chain — the top-level domain (abbreviated to TLD) or domain ending. An example of a TLD is
.org. Luckily, the root servers store the locations of all the TLD servers, so they can return which IP address the DNS resolver should go ask next.
The resolver then asks the TLD’s servers where it can find the domain it is looking for. For example, a resolver might ask
.com where to find
cloudflare.com. TLDs host a file containing the location of every domain using the TLD.
Once the resolver has the final IP address, it returns the answer to the computer that asked.
This whole system is called the Domain Name System (DNS). This system includes the servers that host the information (called authoritative DNS) and the servers that seek the information (the DNS resolvers).
Does 126.96.36.199 support ANY?
Cloudflare stopped supporting the ANY query in 2015 as ANY queries are more often used to perpetuate large volumetric attacks against the DNS system than valid use. 188.8.131.52 returns
NOTIMPL when asked for
How does 184.108.40.206 work with DNSSEC?
DNSSEC OK) bit on every query to convey to the authoritative server that it wishes to receive signed answers if available. 220.127.116.11 supports the signature algorithms specified in Supported DNSKEY signature algorithms.
Does 18.104.22.168 send EDNS client subnet header?
whoami.ds.akahelp.netto aid in cross-provider debugging. However, Cloudflare does not send ECS to any of Akamai’s production domains, such as
Does 22.214.171.124 support IPv6?
What is Purge Cache?
126.96.36.199’s Purge Cache tool allows you to refresh 188.8.131.52’s DNS cache for domain names. To refresh the cache for a domain name, visit the Purge Cache page.
What is query name minimization?
What are root hints?
For decreased latency, reduced privacy leakage of queries and lower load on the DNS system, 184.108.40.206 upstreams to locally hosted root zone files.
Can IPs used by 220.127.116.11 be allowlisted?
Authoritative DNS providers may want to allowlist IP’s 18.104.22.168 uses to query upstream DNS providers. The comprehensive list of IP’s to allowlist is available at https://www.cloudflare.com/ips/.