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I'm running a local testing environment (MAMP) on a Mac (Mountain Lion), and Im having having difficulty accessing these sites on my Galaxy S3 running 4.1.2

Everything works fine testing using windows laptops, iphones etc ... on the network, except the android device does not recognise the name of the machine (mDNS)

There is a work around by using the machines IP address but this has its problems and isn't an ideal solution.

Is there a solution I could use to get mDNS working on the mobiles browsers?


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Is this a development question? Are you trying to use the zeroconf APIs from Android? – Flow Jan 31 '13 at 15:43
Im testing websites hosted on my Mac – noelmcg Jan 31 '13 at 16:07
Have you tried both the bare hostname of your machine, and the fully qualified domain name? I find most mobile devices (including non-Android ones) don't resolve the hosts on my local network unless I use their fully qualified name. – GAThrawn Jan 31 '13 at 16:21
@GAThrawn I'm not sure that I know the difference between the two? I use 'compname-imac.local' – noelmcg Jan 31 '13 at 16:32
You might need to try the IP instead -- unless the nameserver your DHCP server (on WiFi) offers can resolve your local hosts. This domain for sure won't work via 3G, as your provider will certainly not resolve your local names ;) – Izzy Jan 31 '13 at 16:52

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