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    Speed addressing IP address vs URL

    We work on a LAN and a WAN here. When we want to attach to another server on our WAN using the IP address, the response is almost instantaneous. When we use the URL (server name) to the site, the response is incredibly slow. Any ideas why? <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35>

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    Re: Speed addressing IP address vs URL

    Hi,
    I'd say your name servers are either extremely busy or there's a bottleneck/slow link between you and them.
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    Re: Speed addressing IP address vs URL

    I thought that might be it, too, but I wondered if anyone else could see any other reason.

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    Re: Speed addressing IP address vs URL

    If the behaviour is consistent, I'd be fairly sure it's your name servers - generally you'd expect the IP address method to be slightly quicker but not massively. If your servers are very busy or if they're having to forward from one server to another or they're doing WINS lookups to resolve the names, these can all contribute to a slow response.
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    Re: Speed addressing IP address vs URL

    You know, I just thought about this some more and I'm certain that you're right. Thanks for the confirmation!

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