If you look at a firewall DHCP leases table on a Lan, you see many devices.
PCs, switches, servers, IP phones, etc.
None of them register with “PC” or “IBM” or “3COM” but they (usualy) use their own device name, if they have one. Many that don’t have their own device name register with an empty string as for their name.
This would be most useful to the persons who configure / admin the firewalls. That hardly applies to a small home network, but makes a difference on a professionnal LAN.
And yes, when you have IP phones on a network, they do register DHCP with their own device name if configured so.
This is not a critical feature, so it will just be nice if it could be changeable as a new feature for the next SDK
I am right know using Dominos to develop some (very simple) devices to monitor what appends in server rooms (power use, UPS status, presence of water, temperature) for my own professional use.
I agree with you, this is not a netbios name function. By the way, I am using a way simpler implementation of netbios of my own, look at beta code here: http://www.tinyclr.com/forum/2/2795/
What I would like to have is the netbios hostname actualy match the hostname shown on the firewall, to avoid mistakes and troubles !