Choose the Recorder Computer Name or IP Address
When you connect to Recorder over a network, the Recorder computer name or IP Address you need to supply in Observer’s Connect to Recorder dialog box depends on your network setup. This tutorial helps you decide which option to use.
The various options for connecting to Recorder are as follows:
- Use the Computer Name
If you know the name of the computer running Recorder, enter it in the Recorder computer name or IP Address field.
If the connection fails, try the fully qualified domain name or the IP address.
- Use the Fully Qualified Domain Name
If the network does not recognize Recorder’s machine name, ask your network administrator for the machine’s fully qualified domain name.
Example: MyComputer.MyCompany.com (where “My Computer” is the machine name and “MyCompany.com” is the domain name).
- Use the IP Address option
When you connect to a LAN, your machine is assigned an IP (internet protocol) address. This address identifies your computer from the other computers on the network.
The IP address can either be static, meaning that it never changes, or dynamic, meaning that each time you log in, the computer is assigned a new address for that session.
Ask your network administrator whether the network uses static or dynamic IP addressing. If IP addresses are assigned dynamically, you may need to check the IP address for the Recorder computer each time you log on to the network.
Find the Recorder's Computer Name
On the Recorder computer, locate the computer name:
- Windows Vista: Choose Control Panel > System and Maintenance > System > Computer name
- Windows XP: Choose Control Panel > System > Computer Name tab and look in the Full computer name field
- Windows 2000: Choose Control Panel > System > Network Identification tab and look in the Full computer name field
- Windows 7: Choose Control Panel > System and Security > System > Full computer name
Find a Computer's IP Address
- Choose Windows Start > Run.
- In the Run dialog box, type cmd to bring up a command line.
- At the command line, type ipconfig. The Windows IP Configuration for that computer appears.
Look for the line that reads "IP address....... : xx.xx.xx.xx" where xx.xx.xx.xx is the IP address. Example: 10.8.2.42.