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I have a home network of a few computers, one of which is an iMac running Mac OS and another is a PC running Windows 7. The PC is able to ping the iMac both by IP and hostname, but the iMac can only ping the PC by IP. I'd like it to be able to ping the PC by hostname as well.

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How would you like the iMac to determine the PC's IP address from its hostname? (Most likely, the answer is to install Bonjour on the PC.) – David Schwartz Nov 26 '12 at 3:39
I currently have Bonjour running, but I'm still unable to ping my machine from the Mac by hostname. – gzak Nov 27 '12 at 7:38

first check your internet connection type in windows 7 not Set to public , if so change it to home or work. in other-hand if you are using static IP address in your network check DNS setting on MAC client. and finally check your windows firewall settings.

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My network is set to Home, and I'm not using a static IP. I've opened a hole in my firewall to accept HTTP connections from private networks. Should I have a static IP? If so, how do I determine what IP addresses to use for the DNS server? – gzak Nov 27 '12 at 8:20

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