I've got a device that is connected to a WiFi network. If I use Internet Explorer to try and access an Intranet site, using it's hostname (so using an address of http://intranet/)

I get an error displayed:

We're having trouble displaying this page

We're having trouble with the page you're trying to reach and can't open it at the moment.

Try the following:

  • Refresh the page or try again later.

Looking at the web server access logs, it doesn't appear to be the case that the phone even attempted to connect.

If I try specifying the IP address, then the page loads fine.

What might be restricting Intranet addresses being reached by host name? could it be related to a lack of mobile reception (even though WiFi reception is good)?

  • can other devices (PC, tablet, etc) access the site? – Neil Turner Jun 23 '14 at 16:26
  • @NeilTurner Yes, and DHCP is pushing out settings for DNS servers that resolve the hostname correctly for those PC/Mac clients – Rowland Shaw Jun 23 '14 at 16:36

Windows Phone appears to have trouble with non-fully qualified domain names (FQDN) such as http://intranet or http://server.

When setting up any kind of server for local or internal use, it's best to use a FQDN. For example...

  • http://intranet.local
  • http://pc1.server.local

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