Access computer via short "network name"

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by esaleris, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. esaleris macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005
    How do you reference your computers by just it's name, rather than name.local?

    For example, my networked computer's name is "Dr. Bob." When I try to connect to it through "afp://dr-bob" it doesn't work. I have to do "afp://dr-bob.local."

    The firewall on Bob is on, in stealth mode. Any clues?
  2. Super Macho Man macrumors 6502a

    Super Macho Man

    Jul 24, 2006
    Hollywood, CA
    Try adding the machine to the NetInfo database. Applications -> Utilities -> NetInfo Manager -> Machines. Create a new node in that list with two properties, ip_address (dr-bob's IP) and name (dr-bob).

    Otherwise, you can always save the location in the Connect To Server menu as a favorite by clicking the plus sign to the right of the entry field. That way you can just point-click to connect and don't have to retype it every time.

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