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MAC newbie and NAS web admin page


Moozically Con~foozed
Good morning,
I have converted from PC to MAC with a nice shiny macbook,
obviously the learning curve is pretty steep at first but I am getting there!

my only real issue is I have a NAS with a web administration page hosted on my local network.

I can connect to smb shares on my PC's but when I fire up safari and try and browse to http://nas I get the server cannot be found.

not really sure where to start on this one so would appreciate it if any MAC gurus could spare the time.



Moozically Con~foozed
yup, http://ipaddress works just fine .... but not by name.

Additionally I have tried to ping by name from network utils and get unknown host.

The lan is connected via a wifi router issuing DHCP addresses

Dark Atheist

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using linux/mac edit /etc/resolv.conf and add the line (or what ever the nas ip is) nas

next time you type nas in a browser it should point to the nas server
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Moozically Con~foozed
thats all very cool and will work but is that not the same as a windows hosts entry and defeats the object of DHCP ??



Dark Atheist

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C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts - and the entry is the same

eg localhost

DHCP is working as you say http://nas.local works so its assigned an ip,netmask,gateway and dns, you always need a host and domain, which nas.local is, host entry just lets you get around it by being specific.

This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.


- geek -
Welcome to the Mac club. :) Lots of folks that really don't mind helping with Mac questions if it means 1 less Windows question. :p

ps - MAC is not the same as Mac ;)


Political User
The .local stuff is probably being resolved over Bonjour's version of DNS, whereas your nas stuff should be done by your router, but it is not. Mac OS X does not use Windows SMB to also attempt to resolve the IP for a given hostname.

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