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Status...Device List - what does *,name mean?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by kallsop, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. kallsop

    kallsop LI Guru Member

    Tomato 1.19, WRT54GS_v4.

    In the Status...Device List screen, I have lots of entries under Name, but one entry has a "*," before the name e.g. "*,device_name". This device has a static DHCP entry set with the name "device_name". There are lots of other devices with static IP, and some other devices are dynamically assigned IP. Only the one entry gets the prefix "*,".

    What does the "*," signify? Incidentally, the device is a Tektronix Phaser 560 color laser printer set to get its IP dynamically. It does grab the correct IP.


    EDIT - I looked at the router log file and the device with "*," prefix has a single BOOTP entry. So maybe that's why it has the "*,"? All other devices have two entries in the log - DHCPREQUEST and DHCPACK.
  2. Rob650

    Rob650 Addicted to LI Member

    Maybe the printer just isn't identifying itself properly. I don't use static DHCP but, a Debian machine on my network has always been listed as * under Tomato and DD-WRT. A Windows machine, however, does get its actual name listed on that page.
  3. kallsop

    kallsop LI Guru Member

    I changed the yellow toner cartridge last night and power cycled the printer. Now the "*,device_name" is gone and it's listed as "device_name". Hmmm, I hate problems that are not resolved and go away, probably to reappear later.

    When the device was listed as "*,device_name", it still responded to "device_name" e.g. it could be pinged by that name.
  4. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    I encountered a similar "problem" before, if you call it a problem. I reset all my router settings, and my IPTV box obtained an IP address through DHCP before I recreated my static DHCP entries and specified the correct host name for it (in my case iptv.lan). Then I was seeing the device name as "*,iptv.lan". I think it simply means that this particular device has been both an "unknown host" and a host with a host name (iptv.lan).

    Rebooting or resetting the router should get rid of the *.

    Either way, I don't think it's a problem.
  5. kallsop

    kallsop LI Guru Member

    I think that is what happened. Thanks.
  6. kzrssk

    kzrssk LI Guru Member

    I see those when a computer gets more than one IP address (ethernet and wireless). The hostname shows up once per MAC address, and the rest are *s

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