Cisco Meraki devices can identify the hostname of a client device using NetBIOS, Bonjour, and DHCP. In some instances, the detected hostname may be undesirable. For example, 2 devices on the same network with identical hostnames or a device that has been identified by its MAC address. The hostname can be overridden within the Meraki dashboard by configuring a manual value.
To manually edit the hostname, perform the following configuration steps:
- In the dashboard, navigate to Network-wide > Monitor > Clients.
- Choose the client in the list you wish to modify.
- Select Edit details on the Client Details page.
- Edit the Name field with the desired hostname.
- Select the Save button.
Clients page will process client hostnames in the following order of preference:
- User-specified Name
- MDNS Name (Bonjour)
- NetBIOS Name
- DHCP Hostname
NetBIOS name resolution is a layer 2 broadcast-based name discovery protocol, and as such will not traverse a layer 3 boundary.