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phibertron
Posts: 43
Registered: ‎08-10-2011

e4200 netbios name (aka device name) appears on network, how can i hide it?

I understand that the media and ftp server functionality uses/needs some sort of name to broadcast

But what purpose does having the router broadcast its device name on the network?

I would imagine it might be for the printer service

 

In any case I am not using any of those services,

and I am unble to hide the routers from the network

I would prefer them to not show up in a browse list

The funny thing is, I some how managed to hide them,

not sure how, but after a reboot it reverted back to broadcasting the device name on the network

 

If I am not using any of the routers services for media, ftp, printing

how can I stop it from showing up on the network?

 

 

 

Klatch
Posts: 2,829
Registered: ‎09-07-2006

Re: e4200 netbios name (aka device name) appears on network, how can i hide it?

Can you please tell us what is the device name that it displays and also if it is identical to what you see in the setup page of the router under 'network setup' router address, section?

 

Just FYI, we cannot leave the 'device name' field blank or hide it somehow since its a mandatory field.

phibertron
Posts: 43
Registered: ‎08-10-2011

Re: e4200 netbios name (aka device name) appears on network, how can i hide it?

yes the name being seen on the network is the one on the setup page for device name

 

1. I would like to be able to not have it broadcast

2. if 1. is not possible, then I wish we could **bleep** a $ to end of the name

so the windows world would not see it on the network directly

 

Klatch
Posts: 2,829
Registered: ‎09-07-2006

Re: e4200 netbios name (aka device name) appears on network, how can i hide it?

There is No other way to hide the domain name of the router.

 

phibertron
Posts: 43
Registered: ‎08-10-2011

Re: e4200 netbios name (aka device name) appears on network, how can i hide it?

Ouch!

That is a real bummer

 

phibertron
Posts: 43
Registered: ‎08-10-2011

Re: e4200 netbios name (aka device name) appears on network, how can i hide it?

<quote>There is No other way to hide the domain name of the router.<quote>

 

I noticed you mentioned domain name

I am wondering about "Device Name"

phibertron
Posts: 43
Registered: ‎08-10-2011

Re: e4200 netbios name (aka device name) appears on network, how can i hide it?

[ Edited ]

As time passes, we get see more examples of how Cisco / Linksys is repeatedly forcing things upon us

 

There are many great examples

 

one of which I have pointed out in this thread with the device name appearing on the local network

 

another is how they force the log light upon its uses

http://homecommunity.cisco.com/t5/Wireless-Routers/E4200-Front-Cisco-Status-LED/m-p/459489#M214227

 

yet another if with a previous router I owned the wrt610n

for a long time they forced three useless devices to appear on the local network

of which thankfully a hidden config page was finally found to turn them off

 

EGHN Qos Policy Holder Device
EGHN Qos Manager Device
EGHN QosDevice

 

http://homecommunity.cisco.com/t5/Wireless-Routers/EGHN-QOS-Devices/m-p/397879/message-uid/397879/hi...

 

In the name of choice and "security"

Please for sanity sake

Give us the ability to stop the routers from appearing in the master browse list and broadcasting on the local lan!

 

 

phibertron
Posts: 43
Registered: ‎08-10-2011

Re: e4200 netbios name (aka device name) appears on network, how can i hide it?

I still think it is utterly stupid that the router has to broadcast itself on the network as a device

which is even further compounded that the alphenumerics we can choose for a name are also limited

I would be fine with adding a "$" to the end to hide the device from the windows world browse list

so basically you cant turn it off and you cant hide it, there is always the power switch right...

Jake_2.0
Posts: 2,157
Registered: ‎05-29-2012

Re: e4200 netbios name (aka device name) appears on network, how can i hide it?

IMHO, I think it will be okay that the router's device name will be broadcasted to the local network since the router still has a login password.

phibertron
Posts: 43
Registered: ‎08-10-2011

Re: e4200 netbios name (aka device name) appears on network, how can i hide it?

Understood and agree, but would rather have it not appear in a browse list, as i am not using its file or media services