Network names don't resolve in mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by atomicski, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. atomicski macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2006
    I am very knew to mac, but in windows, i am able to type the network name of a local web server and the page or whatever i want comes up, but this isn't the case in mac. is there any way of doing this without editing a hosts file type thing?
  2. Westside guy macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    You can do it on a Mac thanks to Bonjour/Zeroconf, and if you install Bonjour for Windows you can get at your Windows boxes as well (also available at the page linked above). The only thing is you add ".local" to the name. So if your computer is named "felix", Bonjour lets you connect to it as "felix.local".

    Unlike the Windows-only solution you're used to, this is platform independent. Bonjour/Zeroconf is an open protocol that's available for all major OSes. The Linux/BSD way to use it is an app called Avahi.

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