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Naming on a Mixed Network: DNS Versus Host Files

If you have a small LAN with mixed and matched computers, you're probably like me and have a chart of computer names and IP addresses posted on your wall—and not just computers, but routers, firewalls, monitored devices, and all manner of devices. Who knows? Soon the espresso machine might be wired in, too.

On a corporate or enterprise LAN, the LAN administrators will probably enter each device into the organization's Domain Name Service system, under your own default domain, so that you can type a command such as ping firewall instead of having to type ping firewall.mycompany.com or, worse, something like ping 192.168.56.102.

On a home or small office workgroup LAN, you probably don't have your ...

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