4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 3, 2012 11:35 AM by Bob Timmons
HugoMe Level 1 (25 points)

Hello,

 

I would like to see what devices are connected on my Time Capsule.

Usually, Airport Utility  shows:

- MAC address, IP address and client ID in DHCP tab

- MAC address in wireless client tab with signal level plotted on graphic

 

So, it's a little awkward, but you can assume that:

- wired devices are connected if they show in DHCP tab

- wireless devices are connected if they show in Wireless client tab. Then you can assume what wireless device it is, using the MAC address as identifier and reading client ID

 

Usually client ID are plain readable, like "iPhone Bob", "Mac of Sarah", etc...

Sometimes there is a third party manufacturer cryptic info.

Sometimes there is nothing. For example with my Canon printer

 

 

With time, i've learned to know what MAC address my devices are, and consigned them in a list; but i found it painful to go to my list of devices and retrieve them with their MAC adresses. I would like airport utility to make this association, like they do for apple devices

 

 

So my question is:

Is there any file that i can edit to associate the Mac address of the device with the name i want ?

 

I suppose there might be some hosts file somewhere ?

 

thanks


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 2x2.66 dual core xeon
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,184 points)
    Is there any file that i can edit to associate the Mac address of the device with the name i want ?

    None that I am aware of.

     

    - wired devices are connected if they show in DHCP tab

    Yes

     

    - wireless devices are connected if they show in Wireless client tab

    Yes, but they will also show in the DHCP Clients tab

     

    Some devices will allow you set up a Client ID for the device, in which case it will appear under the DHCP Clients tab. But, the Client ID will not appear under Wireless Clients.

  • HugoMe Level 1 (25 points)

    I've found an xml config file in ~/library/application Support/Apple/Airport/

    There is a

                                                      <key>hostname</key>

                                                      <string>Canon Printer</string>

     

    missing, that I have added. Now all DHCP devices have disappeared in Airport utility (but are still connected); i guess they will reappear once the dhcp bail has been renewed, (in one day) but that won't change anything, as this xml file is likely an output, not an input.

    I'll keep you posted


  • HugoMe Level 1 (25 points)

    Confirmed. It has reverted to original state. Still looking  for a solution

  • Bob Timmons Level 10 (98,184 points)

    Thanks for the update. Hope you find a way.