Useful Windows 10 network commands – quickly find a computers host name

In this video, we take a look at a Windows 10 command that will display the host name (also referred to as device name) being used by a computer. This command can be handy when trying to identify a computer from other devices connected to your home network.

Note: The Windows 10 command, hostname can also be used from within Windows PowerShell.

Quick reference notes:

  • From the Windows desktop, select the Search bar.
  • Within Search type CMD and press Enter on your keyboard
  • When the Command Prompt window open type the following:
hostname
  • When you press Enter on the keyboard you should be presented with the IP address associated with that domain name.
  • To perform a reverse lookup on a local DNS Server, at the command prompt type.
host [IP address]
  • When you press Enter on the keyboard, you should be presented with the device name of the computer.
  • To gracefully close the Command Prompt type:
exit
  • When you press Enter on your keyboard the Command Prompt window close.

Reference Material:

Microsoft article – Windows commands
Wikipedia article – cmd.exe

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