Terminal Can't Find LAN Systems By Name

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by boonedocks, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. boonedocks macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2008
    I'm a Mac newbie with a MBP. I can see my Windows XP system in the Finder under shared, as well as a networked hard disk I added with an smb connection. These systems are all on a linksys router.

    However, when I go to the terminal and try to access these same systems by name, using ping, ssh, etc., the Mac cannot find them.

    And my XP box cannot find my Mac using ping from a Cygwin terminal.

    Any ideas what I should be trying to make this work?

    (The other systems are on dynamic IPs; I'd rather not switch them to fixed IPs and hard code them into /etc/hosts.)

  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    Well, SMB uses some broadcasts to translate names to IP. Terminal only uses DNS and hosts file.

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