Finding local networked devices via your Mac’s web browser by name instead of IP.

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Summary:

Unable to connect to locally available network devices via their friendly name.

Config:

Mac OS 10.x (10.5 or 10.6)

Details:

I’ve found this to be only true for Macs. For example:

When I try to connect to my NAS’s web admin console via the name I gave it (http://zterastation), my Mac cannot resolve the name. Yet, my Mac does find it by name in the list of available drives to connect to.

Seems the fix is simply to append ‘.local’ to a locally available network devices friendly name. As so, http://zterastation.local . This could simply be in the way my router configures my DNS entry order, but does not seem to matter to my windows systems.

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