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Can't ping printer by hostname

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#1 aminkoff


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 02:48 PM

How can I ping printers by hostname in addition to IP? I can ping computer and server hostnames no problem but printers only work by IP. I've changed the printer hostname in the printer web interface but no results.
When I do an nslookup by the IP it says "non-existent domain."I had changed the hostname in the printer web interface, applied and restarted, but it did not work.  I saw somewhere something about reverse DNS lookup.  Is that the right track?


Attached is an example from pinging one of the printers.



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 01:26 PM

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Are the IP addresses for the printers static IP addresses and not DHCP addresses?


If so, you could edit your HOSTS file, C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\ to add the printer names.  The format is IP address then name, ie:  Printer1  Printer2


Then when you ping Printer1 you will be pinging

Edited by Kilroy, 15 May 2018 - 01:27 PM.

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