Originally Posted by rbagwell
The two charge controllers for my solar system are connected to my router allowing my computer to access them for data gathering. Using the address required in Windows is "tsmppt13190256/" for one of them ( tsmppt plus the serial number ). This address works with all browsers with windows .
Using the same browser on various Linux machines yields "web page not found" Morningstar ,who makes these excellent controllers , says they support only Windows. I've tried using the numbered ( 4 groups of 4 digits ) equal and even the "tiny URL" but nothing works .
I've tried adding ".,com " and HTTP:// "
How can I how can I get my Linux browsers to accept this address ?
It has nothing to do with the browser in Linux. Chances are, those devices are shoveling some sort of Windows announcement junk, which lets your Windows box resolve the host name to an IP address, which lets it work in the Windows browser. You have options:
- Look at the DHCP table on your router, and find the MAC address(s) of the controllers, and note the IP address.
- Go to your Windows system, open a command-prompt, and type in "ping tsmppt13190256", and note the address
Once you have the address, open your /etc/hosts file on the Linux system, and enter the information for the host name/address there, and your browser should easily be able to open it by name. To test this, just bang the address into your Linux browser, and the page(s) should come up.
Personally for such devices, I'd assign a static IP address that is bound to the MAC address (in the router), or go onto the device itself and set the address to be static (for things like printers and such). That way, the address remains the same, even if rebooted, and my links always work.