I'm trying to move over to host and domain names with my local networked Pis, but I need to start by being able to use PuTTY & WinSCP. It works well using IP's. I've already set up the host and domain names (using Avahi).

How do I use PuTTY and/or WinSCP with the domain name instead? (raspberrypi.local / raspberrypi.home)

  • Have you installed Apple Bonjour?
    – wb9688
    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:19
  • Excuse my ignorance, but how does Apple Bonjour fit into the picture? Oct 26, 2015 at 13:16
  • It's a daemon for supporting the Zeroconf protocol (which is used by Avahi) on Windows
    – wb9688
    Oct 26, 2015 at 18:00

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I connect to my Pi with ssh [email protected]. This should work with similar GUI ssh programs.

You can connect from Linux e.g. other Pi and OS X. This is sometimes problematic with some versions of Windows and networks which use .local in a non-standard way. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.local) Give this a try BEFORE you start fiddling with Windows or router networking files.

You need to make sure each Pi has a unique hostname.

  • I will look into all these thanks. I prefer not to have to fiddle with any default settings to keep things simple. Having so many crashes on my local network, all I want is the simplest way to have a non-conflicted local network and still be able to SSH and SCP between the PCs. Oct 26, 2015 at 13:21

Look for DHCP server in your router's configuration and there you should have some text field labeled Local domain (or similar).
If you have lan there then you have to use raspberrypi.lan on your computer. If you change it to eg. local then you will have to use raspberrypi.local.

Sometimes you can't change it and some times router forces you to use just raspberrypi, without any .local or .lan.


Go to your host file(Linux : /etc/hosts Windows: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc) and add a line that points to your Raspberry ..

For Example: raspberrypi.local raspberrypi.home should be changed with your raspberry pi ip address

You need administrator rights to change the file

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