Name resolution in small network

Tom H tomh0665 at
Thu Jul 21 21:26:04 UTC 2011

On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 4:42 PM, don fisher <hdf3 at> wrote:
> I have a bunch of laptops currently running a mix of Linux and Windoz. I
> have recently tried to bring up Samba so that I could share files easily.
> With the Linux systems, I have always used /etc/hosts to resolve names. But
> with the addition of Samba and the Microsoft products, this does not work
> (at least as far as I know).
> I have a router that provides DHCP name resolution. If I use DHCP with my
> Linux hosts, Windoz reads the router and resolved their IP address. But I do
> not know how to make Linux read the router and resolve the Windoz DHCP
> addresses.
> I have tried to purchase and read the literature, but every volume appears
> to be around 400 pages long:-( I cannot read that fast. I see references to
> broadcasts, WINS servers etc., all suggesting that I purchase another book
> to discover how they work:-)
> Is there a simple DNS that I can set up that can be loaded with my
> /etc/hosts data, read the data in the DHCP router, handle a NAS device, and
> whatever else may be required.

I'm partial to bind as a dns service but it's probably overkill for a
home network. I've seen many recommendations to use dnsmasq in your
situation; I've never used it so hopefully someone else can vouch for

Ubuntu's Avahi and Windows' SSDP should allow you to access each other
using hostnames.

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