I think the WD media player uses netbios to find the different hosts (computers).
Originally Posted by welshy20
I see a couple of things that I would change and I have some questions. The questions first: a. What version of Ubuntu are you using? b. have you installed winbind?. Before anyone starts to complain; winbind is NOT needed for most home networking situations and I would remove it if you have it installed.
The following is what I would change in your smb.conf file: 1. I would comment out the following (put a # at the beginning)
The net result is this changes the setting to wins support = no (the default). You do not need to run a WINS server for a small network. 2. Add this line to the [global] section
wins support = yes
# wins support = yes <---like this
This forces the broadcast of netbios names on the network.
name resolve order = bcast
This should not change your ability to connect via IP addresses as you do now. It only adds the ability to browse and connect via netbios names. FYI: Samba uses the DNS name (hostname actually) to convert to netbios names. I think the real problem is the broadcasting and that is what the name resolve order line explicitly provides.