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Windows 7: No NAS in W7 network

10 Aug 2014   #1
binks

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
No NAS in W7 network

I'm running QNAP TS-419P+ NAS and Windows professional x64. In windows explorer I'd like to have folders from my NAS mounted as a network drives. When I click "network" in the explorer, all devices I can see in my network is my own pc. I should be seeing here my pc and NAS as it's connected to my router and "nas finder" software from qnap sees my NAS. Why my network storage is not displayed in my network then and because of that I can't mount it's folders as my local discs in explorer?


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10 Aug 2014   #2
Dave Atkin

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello,

Check to see if you have turned on network discovery:

Open Control Panel - Network and Sharing Center - Advanced sharing settings (left hand side).
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10 Aug 2014   #3
binks

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Just checked, it was on, pc is in the home network, although I don't know what for, so I thing all should be good connection wise. Still, this bloody think don't want to cooperate..
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11 Aug 2014   #4
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by binks View Post
Just checked, it was on, pc is in the home network, although I don't know what for, so I thing all should be good connection wise. Still, this bloody think don't want to cooperate..
Have your checked your DNS settings? For a device to appear in the network section it needs to either have an appropriate DNS entry available or a multicast DNS gratuitous reply sent out from the device.

Do you have a static IP address assigned to it? You could try a manual mapping which will work if it is statically assigned an IP. For example, if the NAS had the IP address of 192.168.0.10 then you could enter the following into explorer:

\\192.168.0.10\

From there you can then right click and map any shared folders.

Hope This Helps,
Josh
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11 Aug 2014   #5
2xg
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Hi binks,

If I may jump in, in addition to others great feedback... I use a free open source called AdvancedIPScanner. You may install this on any computers in your network and you'll see the IP, Hosts Names and Mac Adresses of each network device connected in your network including your NAS.

You may easily create a map network drive or a shortcut of the NAS's IP address on your computers desktop to conveniently access your files.
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11 Aug 2014   #6
binks

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote:
Have your checked your DNS settings? For a device to appear in the network section it needs to either have an appropriate DNS entry available or a multicast DNS gratuitous reply sent out from the device.

Do you have a static IP address assigned to it? You could try a manual mapping which will work if it is statically assigned an IP. For example, if the NAS had the IP address of 192.168.0.10 then you could enter the following into explorer:

\\192.168.0.10\

From there you can then right click and map any shared folders.

Hope This Helps,
Josh
Thanks for that. I don't know what's going on with DNS here and how to check it. I've just set up in my router admin panel to always assign the same IP address by DHCP, hope that's it. Now in my router admin panel settings are: IP address assignment: DHCP,IP address: 192.168.1.67, Always use the same IP address: yes, DHCP lease time: Infinite
Hope that's correct. I just want to have it in my network as it will show me, when I expand the NAS, what exact folders are on it. I don't remember what each folder name is, so I'll have to open some additional windows like NAS admin panel, just to find out what is the exact mane of the folder that I want to mount in explorer. Beside, with the settings like this, i mean if I won't see NAS in network, will I still have access to mounted folders even after restart? Won't explorer just somehow "forget" the correct path to those folders?
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11 Aug 2014   #7
binks

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2xg View Post
Hi binks,

If I may jump in, in addition to others great feedback... I use a free open source called AdvancedIPScanner. You may install this on any computers in your network and you'll see the IP, Hosts Names and Mac Adresses of each network device connected in your network including your NAS.

You may easily create a map network drive or a shortcut of the NAS's IP address on your computers desktop to conveniently access your files.
Thanks for the tip Nice software, just downloaded it and will try.
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11 Aug 2014   #8
binks

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Guys since you have a lot bigger knowledge than myself , maybe you would be able to help me with RC in the other topic?
Problems with remote connection.
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11 Aug 2014   #9
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by binks View Post
Quote:
Have your checked your DNS settings? For a device to appear in the network section it needs to either have an appropriate DNS entry available or a multicast DNS gratuitous reply sent out from the device.

Do you have a static IP address assigned to it? You could try a manual mapping which will work if it is statically assigned an IP. For example, if the NAS had the IP address of 192.168.0.10 then you could enter the following into explorer:

\\192.168.0.10\

From there you can then right click and map any shared folders.

Hope This Helps,
Josh
Thanks for that. I don't know what's going on with DNS here and how to check it. I've just set up in my router admin panel to always assign the same IP address by DHCP, hope that's it. Now in my router admin panel settings are: IP address assignment: DHCP,IP address: 192.168.1.67, Always use the same IP address: yes, DHCP lease time: Infinite
Hope that's correct. I just want to have it in my network as it will show me, when I expand the NAS, what exact folders are on it. I don't remember what each folder name is, so I'll have to open some additional windows like NAS admin panel, just to find out what is the exact mane of the folder that I want to mount in explorer. Beside, with the settings like this, i mean if I won't see NAS in network, will I still have access to mounted folders even after restart? Won't explorer just somehow "forget" the correct path to those folders?
The mounted folders are local to the computer. If it cannot connect you will have a red X next to your drive. When connection is restored you will be able to have access to the share again. An example of mine can be seen below!

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Typically you would create a master share if you will called something like "Public" and then map that to your computer. Then you can make folders inside and control security that way. This will help to reduce the amount of administration required as you only need to map one share.

Hope This Helps,
Josh


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12 Aug 2014   #10
binks

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I've just logged to my work laptop that I've bought from ebay so have no idea what network settings are there and there in the explorer's network my NAS is visible. Strangely enough I can't see there my home pc which is 2 feet away. If I was rocking server and my computers would be in Active Directory, there wouldn't be any problems, but here... :/ Is something like "workgroup" still exist? I do remember that some time ago when computers wasn't in the domain and if I wanted for them to see each other I was putting them into the same workgroup. Does it still exist?
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