Device Name & Netgear Router

Gerard Seibert gerard at
Sun Feb 12 13:34:17 PST 2006

Ugo Bellavance wrote:

> 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.

I have that latest version of Samba installed on both FreeBSD boxes. The 
network works fine. Samba seems to be working correctly. It probably 
has something to do with the way the router quarries for the BIOS name, 
but that is just a guess.

Gerard Seibert
gerard at

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