Device Name & Netgear Router

Ugo Bellavance ugob at
Sun Feb 12 13:39:44 PST 2006

Alec Berryman wrote:
> Gerard Seibert on 2006-02-12 15:59:33 -0500:
>> 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.
> DHCP clients may send names along with requests; Windows computers
> send whatever name you've configured in the sharing or whatever
> section, and this is what you see.  If you want your router to show a
> name for the FreeBSD host, put a line that reads 'send host-name
> "foo";' in /etc/dhclient.conf on that host.

Cool, I thought it was Netbios based.  I learned something :).


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