Changing Your Host Name on a Raspberry Pi

The host name, which is the UNIX equivalent to Windows’ “Computer Name”, is an easy way to access your computer from your local network without figuring out what it’s IP is. On Raspbian, the default host name is simply raspberrypi. For example, if you have Samba installed, you can access it from your Windows computers with \raspberrypi, or you can access your web server with http://raspberrypi.local.

But what if you had more than one Raspberry Pi on your network? Or if you just wanted to make it a little more personal? Well there’s two easy ways for you to change it.

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Two Weeks with Raspberry Pi

It’s been about two weeks since I got my Raspberry Pi for Christmas. It’s currently my favourite toy, and due to it’s extremely low power consumption it’s replaced my old server. Right now it’s basically being used as a headless server, despite the fact that it’s connected to my TV. I use command-line for everything with exceptions for when a screen is necessary, like watching movies or playing games. Most of the time, however, it’s just a server.

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