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Printing, Win XP Network, PC Name

Ubuntu @ August 20, 2009   Views:0

Hi all,

Apologies if this is no the right forum for this question.

I have a home network. A few months ago I migrated my box to Ubuntu (8.10, now 9.04). I have two other PCs.

All are interconnected thru a Linksys router (also with wireless). It assigns IPs via DHCP.

My son's PC, which runs Win XP, has the printer attached to it.

I can print, no problem.

But what I've been unable to do is defining that box by name on my box. That machine is named "KIDS", but I can't connect to it that way. My box can browse to it, and see the workgroup and machine name, but can't see the printer.

On the other hand, if I use: smb://the_IP_numer_here/R200 I can print with no problems. The problem is that the IP is dynamic, so each time I want to print, i have to launch the Linksys control panel (actually dd-wrt's) and find out what the IP is.

How can I make Ubuntu recognize that XP box by using its name instead of the IP?

Thanks in advance,


An alternate but in my opinion preferred solution is simply to hand out fixed IPs on the internal network, thus each machine has a permanent identifier. Since you've a router from linksys (with nice ddwrt firmware), it's fairly trivial. Log in and go to networking options, search for a page with dhcp reservation listed somewhere. Should allow ya to pick your machines from a list (indicating their MAC addresses) and from there, assign them a permanent IP.

I can get further instructions if you need, but it shouldn't be hard to track down.


That's what I was looking for.

So if I understand you correctly, I can have, in the same network, both PCs with fixed IPs and PCs wth DHCP assigned IPs, am I reading you correctly?


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