heathm: Hi Clint (et al),
I also have a Pace V5542 (running VDSL from Bigpipe / 64920 kbps down, 10336 kbps up :-)) but even with the latest firmware installed I also still have this same frustration: NetBIOS hostnames only resolve to LAN IP addresses (192.168.1.xyz) when you address then as hostname.local (ie. with ".local" appended)
Being a linux household this isn't a big deal for us, but it must be a major blowout for Windows users. Aside from the router's (apparently not changeable default FQDN of home.gateway.pace.net), it might also be a Firewall Rules default configuration issue.
(By default, it seems NetBIOS ports 137:139,445 are blocked to/from * Local * Remote)
To change it you need to select Custom rather than the Pace V5542's default "Security Level Low" setting. Seems they tried to make it too user friendly to be actually user friendly. Pity, as the hardware seems capable overall.
I'm really amazed that telecom have not fixed this yet.
Telecom have 7000 employees or so. Can they not spare 1 of these to look at this? For me this is another indication of the downhill slide of telecom.
Not that I care any longer since I switched to Snap.
Anyway, maybe your solution would work, why would they block local netbios ports?