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I dont know what it is called and this is outside of my knowldege but I would like to learn how to setup all my PCs on my LAN by name and access them by browser and virtually by name. I have a large mixture of Windows, Ubuntu, and a mac. I thought I could do this on my router but Im not finding any tutorials on the topic for a Netgear WDR N600. Any help would be great.
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You'd do this by naming the file share. On Windows PCs, if the PC was called graphicsman and the share was called music you would browse to \\graphicsman\music

It won't be anything to do with your router, take a look for tutorials about creating File Shares.
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You'd do this by naming the file share. On Windows PCs, if the PC was called graphicsman and the share was called music you would browse to \\graphicsman\music

It won't be anything to do with your router, take a look for tutorials about creating File Shares.

but how do you access each computer? If all folders have the same named share folder that would be an issue wouldnt it? Usually I access a computer from the browser by IP and I want to access it by what Im understanding is called the hostname.
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but how do you access each computer? If all folders have the same named share folder that would be an issue wouldnt it? Usually I access a computer from the browser by IP and I want to access it by what Im understanding is called the hostname.

What exactly are you trying to do? Just file sharing? or remote desktop sessions etc?

If the shares were the same name:

PC1\music
PC2\music
PC3\music

It wouldn't be an issue.

It's entirely possible I've completely misunderstood what you're trying to achieve redface.gif
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What exactly are you trying to do? Just file sharing? or remote desktop sessions etc?

If the shares were the same name:

PC1\music
PC2\music
PC3\music

It wouldn't be an issue.

It's entirely possible I've completely misunderstood what you're trying to achieve redface.gif

sorry the misunderstanding may be from me not knowing. I would like to access other computers instead of 168.1.1.12 but something like mediaserver in the browser and get access to shared folders and it would be nice to also VPN other computers that are setup on the network instead of by IP. I typically use Windows Virtual in 7 but Im still very new on open-ssh for Ubuntu and trying to learn how to VPN from windows to mac is going to happen soon but first I want to eliminate having to know all the IPs on the network to get into that computer. Ive heard and am familiar with active directory but that appears a very complicated process and I dont have the knowledge on that.
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You should just be able to edit the hosts file if you don't have a local DNS server

Windows : C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
Linux : /etc/hosts
Code:
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host
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You should just be able to edit the hosts file if you don't have a local DNS server

Windows : C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts
Linux : /etc/hosts
Code:
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

+1 I thank you for this I didnt know how to do it. I will test it tonight! Will this work under two different routers on a network? Also if it accesses the computer will it still prompt for a username and password?
Edited by graphicsman - 11/14/13 at 1:15pm
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+1 I thank you for this I didnt know how to do it. I will test it tonight! Will this work under two different routers on a network? Also if it accesses the computer will it still prompt for a username and password?

You'd have to make the changes on each PC, it's similar to DNS being that all it is providing is name->IP resolution. Nothing else changes on your network and you'll still get the same behavior as you do currently, you'll just be typing superawesomePC instead of 10.28.37.213 or similar.
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