Device Name & Netgear Router

Ugo Bellavance ugob at
Sun Feb 12 13:27:59 PST 2006

Gerard Seibert wrote:
> I have a Netgear Cable/DSL Router - RP614v3 that connects two WinXP 
> machines with two FreeBSD 5.4 machines to each other. The router is 
> connected to a Cable Modem, but I do not think that is relevant to this 
> question.
> On the router's configuration screen, under maintenance is a "Attached 
> Devices" menu item. This will list all four machines connected to the 
> router with their respective MAC addresses. However, only the WinXP 
> machines have their 'Device Name' listed.
> I was wondering why this is. I cannot seem to locate any specific 
> information on the Netgear site regarding this. Everything works fine, 
> so I assume it is not a serious problem.

Probably just because the router makes a request for the netbios name of
computers.  If you don't run samba on your freebsd box, it gets no
answer, so no there is no serious problem about that.



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