How to set the Bonjour name
You can edit your computer's Bonjour name in the Bonjour Name field, in the Sharing preference pane. To find it, follow these steps:
- 1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.
2. Choose Sharing from the View menu.
Characters you may use in a Bonjour name
You may use:
- upper or lower case letters
The ".local" name extension is automatically appended to the Bonjour name you choose. If you selected "bbms" as your Bonjour name and enabled Personal Web Sharing, then other local computers would be able to view your shared Web pages by entering "bbms.local" in a Web browser's URL field.
Should a Bonjour name, computer name, and user name be the same?
They may be the same, but it is not necessary.
When discussing Internet protocols, your Bonjour name may also be referred to as your Link-Local Multicast DNS host name, which is used for services such as FTP, ssh, telnet, and ping. This differs from your Computer name, which is the default name used for DNS-SD service registrations. For additional information, see Zero Configuration Networking (http://www.zeroconf.org/).
If you enter a name that is already in use on your subnet, a numeral will automatically be added to distinguish it from the original. This change may not appear in the Sharing preference pane immediately. Example: If "mycomputer.local" is already on the network and you try the same name, your computer would automatically be renamed to "mycomputer2.local".