You mean, don't put .local at the end of the address?
In Minion setting under Description I have "BRYSTON-BDP-1", under Host "BRYSTON-BDP-1", Port "xxxx", Password "Bryston"
In Gnome under Name "Bryston Digital Player", Host "bryston-bdp-1", Port "xxxx", Password is "Bryston"
No need for me to use a static ip. I am using Windows 7 and make sure if you have a virus/internet security programm running what it is named under there.