troubleshooting Question

How does DNS work on a LAN w/no server?

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We have a single server with a static IP address that acts as a file server.  No DNS, no DHCP.  We have a DLink DIR-655 router as well that does the DHCP.  All the other clients have dynamic IP.

When pinging the server by IP address, there's a response.  When pinging or trying to reach it by hostname, there isn't a response.  All the dynamic clients are working with both their hostnames and IP addresses.

Manually entering in an entry to the host file of a client alleviates the problem of reaching the server via hostname, but any idea why the computer suddenly can't be reached by hostname?  I thought it was the router.  Isn't my router supposed to have a cache for local DNS?
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