I have set up a communication system for my pi to receive commands from my computer with netcat running on the pi, and processing on the computer to control a robot. My issue is that I have my raspberry pi's IP address in the code on my computer, so if my pi moves to a different network, it will not connect. I want these two devices to connect across networks, so I am assuming that my best option would be to assign my raspberry pi a domain name such as "google.com" so that I can send data from anywhere to anywhere without needing an IP address. Is it possible to do this? If not, is there a better way to achieve this solution? How?

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You COULD assign a domain name, if you have one, and want to address it over the internet. You need network services to enable domain name resolution.

What I suspect you actually want is to symbolically address your Pi on a local network.

The Pi, like most Linux systems, has a hostname; raspberrypi by default.

You can see this by entering hostname on the command line.

You can change it to something different (and preferably unique) in raspi-config.

Raspbian (you have not told us what you are using), by default, runs avahi as a Zero-conf client. This enables programs to discover hosts running on a local network.

You can easily connect from Linux and OS X with ssh [email protected] (the default hostname is raspberrypi) This should work with popular GUI ssh programs. 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)

NOTE .local resolution does not work in some contexts e.g. in rsync. The following should resolve IP (and can be included in bash scripts) RemotePi=$(getent hosts hostname.local | awk '{ print $1 }')

.local resolution does work on some Windows systems, and there may be alternate solutions using the hostname on Windows.

  • Well butter my spinach, I wasn't aware of the hostname.local thing. Much nicer than using local network IP.
    – geotheory
    Commented Jun 12, 2018 at 20:02
  • and what if we don't want to use .local. what if we do want to use an actual xxx.net type domain?
    – AG6HQ
    Commented Mar 16, 2022 at 15:22

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