Smartphone hostnames in webGUI DHCP leases



  • Hi guys,

    we are using a little bit old version 2.0.2-release (amd64). FreeBSD 8.1-release-p 13. We have an "external" network which we use for smartphones and guests but when I open in GUI Status: DHCP leases under the Hostname some of the phones have names (mostly iPhone) but all android devices look strange. For example android-f0fdfb912d3eae25. I'm sure that I change some of the device's names and also tested with my phone as well but same result. Is it normal behavior for pfsense or for android based devices? And is it possible to be fixed somehow? Thanks in advance



  • Unless you're rooted, Android doesn't typically allow you to change the hostname.
    Before looking at the firewall, are you positive you changed it in Android?

    The Android roms that allow for it, typically put it under Developer Options.



  • hm, good point. I was wrong. I've change Device Name, but it was not in the Developer Option. Obviously this name is in use for another things. I activated developer option on my Nexus 4 and I'm using version 4.4.2 but there is no DeviceName inside them. I tried also on Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - same result. The version is 4.2.2 .



  • @pernika:

    hm, good point. I was wrong. I've change Device Name, but it was not in the Developer Option. Obviously this name is in use for another things. I activated developer option on my Nexus 4 and I'm using version 4.4.2 but there is no DeviceName inside them. I tried also on Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - same result. The version is 4.2.2 .

    In 4.4.2, the option I have in developer options is called "Device Hostname".
    "Device Name" may be the same option.  Are you using stock firmware or a custom rom, and where was the option you changed?
    If you have any terminal app on your phone (or you can get one), try running the command "hostname" and see if it matches what pfsense says, or what you changed it to.  (That command may work in an ADB Shell too).


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