What is an SRV Record

In this guide we will help you to understand what exactly an "SRV record" is.

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What's an SRV record?

An SRV record is a way to help your domain with service recovery. Internet Telephony can use your SRV records to determine where a particular SIP service might be found. Your SRV record will typically include the transport protocol that is used as part of your domain name alongside a symbolic name for your domain. 

This record determines the priority of your domain name, its weight, port and the target for a particular service within the record content itself. The symbolic name for the particular service might be something like _sip, while for the transport protocol, it might be _tcp. Both of these names within the record will start with an underscore to differentiate them. 

Add an SRV record

You can contact your domain provider if you want to create an SRV record for one or more of the domains you own. Sometimes, they will have a form for you to fill out to speed up the process. These forms require you to input the necessary information to create the record for your domain names. 

It's a fairly straightforward thing to create one; you simply need to provide information and values for the following:

  • Name
  • Service
  • Protocol
  • Priority
  • Weight
  • Port
  • Target
  • Time-to-live (TTL) refresh rate
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