problem was I couldn't ping by name
I couldn't ping by name "tony", "nick" etc, This was when their computers, also on router got different IP's.
We power them down usually.
In the end I had to STOP the DHCP and force router to reserve IP for a particular machine. Sort of defeats the object in my opinion.
Just why this happened I'm delving into,
Bur as I don't know HOW DNS works I'm pushing it uphill.
Basically I'd like to know how DNS actually works. How does the namespace get populated at boot time or when a new machine joins the network that is using DHCP. If "populated" is the right word.
I think I understand the use of HOSTS / LMHOSTS but these seem to be for small networks that are using static IP's. Yes, I do have a small network but thats not really the point. Knowledge is really the point and although I've googled quite a bit everything seems to think the reader is familiar with DNS.