autonomous system

I know that Autonomous System (AS) is an administrative 'domain' that has its own routing policy.   I was wondering if this 'domain' has any relation to a 'domain' name, such as .com or .org.   I'd just like to clear my confusion.   Any explanation would be appreciated.
skyblue01Asked:
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funkusmunkusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
what your talking about is a private domain, a server of some sort that authenticates and delegates privleges to any one who trys to logon to that domain, it doesn't have anything to do with a .com or .org or any thing like that.
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skyblue01Author Commented:
I thought AS was more of a network prefix rather than a single machine (like a server).   Do you mean that there a single machine on an AS that does the authentication stuff to any other machine outside the domain and tries to logon to that server's domain?

Also, thanks for your response.
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funkusmunkusCommented:
yeah to a point, if you have a private network, with a DC (domain controler) and other machines in that private network try to log on to that domain, then your DC will authenticate and delegate privileges, but if you have a DC on a private network and i try and authenticate from my machine, that won't be posable(unless there was a VPN between the two networks)
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