Compare and contrast how Windows and Mac OS (Leopard) resolves a hostname on local network
Posted on 2008-10-31
I am a recent Mac convert and am having an issue accessing a device from Mac using hostname. I've been reading a lot about this problem on the internet but the answers aren't really sinking in. So lets start this discussion with a simple question.
For the purpose of this discussion when I refer to my "Local Network" that means my home network which consists of a router, a dsl modem, multiple pcs, a network attached storage device and a macbook all attached to the same router.
From a pc connected to my local network when I type ping localhostname (this is a host name of a device on my local network). How does windows resolve the localhostname into an ip address?