I have a device that is broadcasting mDNS, I am using this app to view it in the Bonjour Browser: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.he.networktools&hl=en

On my Samsung Tablet, it cannot find my device. On my Moto X, the device comes up in the bonjour browser list.

Why does my device show up on the bonjour browser of my Moto X and not my Samsung Tablet? (and how do I fix it?????)

My Samsung tablet cannot detect mDNS packets. I tried the code here and it failed on my Tablet but worked fine on my MotoX. http://cafbit.com/entry/testing_multicast_support_on_android

  • Your question is unclear. In the second sentence you say "On my Samsung Tablet, it cannot find my device". and then you ask "Why does my device show up on the bonjour browser of my Samsung Tablet and not my Moto X? ". Whether you have problem in Moto x or your Samsung Tablet?
    – Lucky
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 17:55
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    I fixed the text
    – gregm
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 11:58

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The standard Android distribution (as of version 6.0) doesn’t support mDNS resolution nor announce it’s device name on mDNS yet. So it’s up the device manufacturer to add support.

I’ll investigate how much effort it would be to write a mDNS client for Android to announce a device name. Shouldn’t be too complicated, though mDNS resolution wouldn’t be possible for an app at the current API limitations.

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