My network generally works well. I've got DHCP handing out IP addresses and a few fixed IP's for printers and NAS devices. I've got the following devices on my network all managed through wired and wireless connections:
- Windows PC's (mostly Win7)
- NAS (Buffalo Storage, WD Cloud)
- iPad / iPhone
The biggest thorn in my side is the "random" loss of capability to access machines via their hostname (e.g. KITCHEN-PC, NAS-A). I am not running a Windows Server. All PC's connect either wirelessly to a WAP or through a hardwire connection to a switch that is hardwired into the Netgear WNDR4500.
Some days (weeks?) I just lose the capability to reach shared resources (folders, NAS) on the network by hostname. The hostname could be the name of the Ubuntu box, the name of the NAS, or the name of another PC. Usually when one goes, they all go - I cannot connect to any of them by hostname. Typically, this happens on a laptop that I take back and forth from work. At work, everything is fine; all devices can be accessed by hostname. At home, not so much. For the last week, none of my devices could be reached by my laptop using their hostname, but all of them can be reached by their IP address. Yet, all of the attached devices on my WNDR4500 have names associated with their IP addresses.
Is there a feature in standard routers (e.g. NetGear) that provides this name resolution service? DNS? WINS? ... ?