I have a raspberry pi zero with raspbian buster OS. I followed this tutorial to set up station mode and access point mode simultaneously, and it works.

Question is now I cannot visit my rpi zero with ssh [email protected] , I'll have to type in it's IP address like ssh [email protected].

In the above link, at the "first step" it mentioned another link that removes avahi-daemon, I think that's why bonjour-zeroconf feature is disabled, because it needs avahi-daemon.

So How can I have wifi station mode and access point and also keep zeroconf, so that I can visit my rpi with XXX.local?

  • You are right. I didn't have a focus on zeroconf and I have to revise it. There are settings available in the /etc/systemd/network/*.network files like LinkLocalAddressing=yes|no and MulticastDNS=yes|no. There may also be related information at man systemd.dnssd. I will look at it next because I'm just busy with another project. Please be patient a bit.
    – Ingo
    Aug 20, 2020 at 9:23

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We use systemd-networkd which has its own multicast DNS system. That is the reason why we deinstall the avahi-daemon to avoid conflicts.

It is simple to enable multicast DNS with adding an option to the /etc/systemd/network/*.network configuration files. I have revised the setup for an Access point as WiFi router/repeater, optional with bridge that you used. Have a look at the *.network configuration files. On some you will find additional options:


Add these also to your setup and you should find raspberrypi.local again. Check with:

laptop ~$ resolvectl query raspberrypi.local
raspberrypi.local:               -- link: wlan0

-- Information acquired via protocol mDNS/IPv4 in 269.0ms.
-- Data is authenticated: no

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