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GR8Metal
01-08-2011, 08:45 PM
Hi All,

I can only access my PC's and NAS device on my local network via IP address rather than their hostnames. Any ideas on how I can fix this? :groan:

Cheers. :thumbs:

Alex B
01-08-2011, 08:50 PM
Where is your dns pointing?

GR8Metal
01-08-2011, 09:14 PM
Where should it be pointing to?
Just a note, I'm running Win7 Pro 64bit.

wainuitech
01-08-2011, 09:37 PM
Are all the PC's in the same workgroup ?

While it shouldn't really matter as much with W7 often this can be a cause.

If you go into "network" Click start / network (on the right) are the PC's shown there ?

inphinity
01-08-2011, 09:53 PM
Where should it be pointing to?
Just a note, I'm running Win7 Pro 64bit.

Usually to whatever is running your DHCP (typically your router)

GR8Metal
01-08-2011, 09:53 PM
All PC's are on the homegroup network.
No PC's on the LAN when I got to network Wainui....

Other PC's on the LAN work when accessing via hostnames....

Alex B
01-08-2011, 09:59 PM
can you ping the host name of other PC's?

GR8Metal
01-08-2011, 10:07 PM
can you ping the host name of other PC's?

Nope..

wainuitech
01-08-2011, 10:20 PM
Sounds a little like W7's Homegroup is the problem.

To test this, if you remove two PC's from the homegroup, and run the older style Networking /LAN , then they should show in the the Network, and connect Via their names. If you have a PC in homegroup, it by passes the Normal LAN type connections ( not quote the right way to explain it, but best i can come up with at the moment :D )

What are the make up of the PC's Eg: only W7 can use Homegroup

Alex B
01-08-2011, 10:24 PM
Nope..

Do an ipconfig /all what are the dns addresses

GR8Metal
02-08-2011, 10:36 AM
Primary DNS is pointing to Telecom (xtra)
Secondary DNS is pointing to my router

Alex B
02-08-2011, 12:38 PM
change them both to your router and see if it fixes it.

GR8Metal
02-08-2011, 08:30 PM
Well, I restarted my 8 port switch and it all works great??!! How strange is that?

Cheers all.