Every computer connected to our network and the internet has an IP (internet protocol) address.
These addresses are similar to your house’s postcode in that it’s the address where a computer can be found on a network (internet or a home/private network, such as a company intranet). On their own they’re a bit confusing. You wouldn’t really know where BS5 6AG is, for example.
A DNS (domain name system) server gives the computer’s IP address a more easily remembered name, such as bristolwireless.net instead of xxx.xxx.xx.xxx.