Network binding and DNS resolution issue

Been trying to figure out a way to check if some of our computers are online and the folllowing works

network:servicedevice:desktop1 [ hostname="", port=445 ]

but if I use the mDNS name, the following doesn’t work
network:servicedevice:desktop1 [ hostname="study1.local", port=445 ]
I can confirm that a system ping (I have openhabian on raspberry pi) does work for study1.local and resolves the right IP… So been wondering if I am missing some sort of configuration?

Any suggestions?

mDNS is frustrating. I’ve had devices that have worked one day and not the next, for no reason that I can pin down. For that reason, I use static/reserved IP addresses for any devices that I want to specifically locate, since it’s 100% reliable.

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