How Does Finder Identify the Model of Network Shares?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Vandal., Jan 7, 2017.

  1. Vandal. macrumors member


    Jan 3, 2013
    Berlin, Germany
    This might sound a bit dumb, but I was wondering—in Finder's sidebar every network share shows up with the corresponding icon, my Mini has a Mini icon, my Macbook a Macbook icon and so on and so forth. Generic (unidentified?) shares just show a simple display icon, SMB shares even had a BSOD icon back in Leopard.

    My question is, how does this exactly work? Does the share "announce" the Model Identifier?
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Kyoto has to with a couple of things. First Apple Engineers whom wrote the code when a computer in network announces it's self, when asked, and then it shows a certain icon repensitive for the networked computer. Then Finder an OCD itself to the network and the Mac looks for certain returns to show you the pre-programmed icon in the Finder.

    If it is an older PC and doesn't reply to to a more modern operating system (older version of Windows) and you have to use the manual 'connect to server setup in Finder's Go menu item and use smb.

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