I only know enough about networking to make me dangerous...
I am using a Linksys DSL Router w/4-port switch to run a small home
network, sharing the DSL Internet connection.
I used to have 4 Windows boxes on this network, but I recently
switched one of them to being a Linux file server (SuSe Pro 8.0).
On the Linux box, I can get to the Web via a browser, and I can ping
the other nodes on the home network by their IP addresses. But if I
try to ping them by name, I get a "not found" message. Here's what I
find to be a kicker, tho: on the same Linux box, if I ping an
*Internet* node by name, that works, i.e. if I ping www.yahoo.com it
From any of the Windows boxes (2 XP and 1 2000 Server) I can ping the
Linux box by IP but not by name. Another thing I find puzzling: I've
set up a Samba share on the Linux box and I can map a drive to it from
the Win2K box, using its *name*! But I can't ping it from there using
So, I'm guessing the Linux box must be using my DSL-provider's DNS
servers to resolve hostnames like "www.yahoo.com", but what is
supposed to resolve my local nodenames for it? Are my local nodenames
NetBIOS names? If so, where does the translation LOCAL_NODENAME ->
LOCAL_IP_ADDR take place? Why does this work between any two of the
existing Windows boxes but not to or from the Linux box?
I wouldn't bother with this, except for the nagging suspicion that if
I can't ping by name, there's likely some other functionality that's
Thanks for any help...