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Cisco Meraki Documentation

Rename a Client's Hostname


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: 

  1. In the dashboard, navigate to Network-wide > Monitor > Clients
  2. Choose the client in the list you wish to modify. 
  3. Select Edit details on the Client Details page. 
  4. Edit the Name field with the desired hostname. 
  5. Select the Save button.

Clients page will process client hostnames in the following order of preference:

  1. User-specified Name
  2. MDNS Name (Bonjour)
  3. NetBIOS Name
  4. DHCP Hostname

NetBIOS name resolution is a layer 2 broadcast-based name discovery protocol, and as such will not traverse a layer 3 boundary.