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Windows 7: How to let router appear as own entry in Win Explorer under "Network"?

02 Feb 2020   #1
pstein

win7pro 64bit
 
 
How to let router appear as own entry in Win Explorer under "Network"?

When I connect my Notebook on some locations the connected Router appears in Windows Explorer below "Network" as own entry.

On another location (home) this is not the case. The (similar) router works but is not visible in WinExp.

Why?

How can I turn on/off visibility in WinExplorers "Network" section?

Peter


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02 Feb 2020   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

I don't think you can "see" your router in Windows Explorer.

Windows Explorer just shows accessible Files and Folders. It could be that some of those Files and Folders are shared on the Network, but Windows Explorer does not care how they are connected.

Your Router is connected to your computer via an IP address and a MAC address. Windows Explorer does not translate these addresses, therefore is unable to display such information.

To "see" your router, you would need to know it's IP address. You can obtain the IP address of the router by using ipconfig (How to Find Your Router's IP Address on Any Computer | How-To-Geek )

You can connect to your router, from your computer, by typing in it's IP address in the address bar of your preferred browser.
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02 Feb 2020   #3
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

If it has USB then it shows up as a share if saw it what then there is nothing you can do
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02 Feb 2020   #4
Bree

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pstein View Post
When I connect my Notebook on some locations the connected Router appears in Windows Explorer below "Network" as own entry.

On another location (home) this is not the case. The (similar) router works but is not visible in WinExp.

Why?

Whether a router appears (or not) on the network with a name of its own depends on how Samba (aka SMB) is configured in the router's own OS (usually a form of Linux). If the router was supplied by your ISP then that is not configurable.

For example, for years I had been using the USB port on a BT Hub 4 to share a usb HDD. The router took part in browse master elections and was a member of the Workgroup Home. It appeared in the list of PCs in that Workgroup on the network.

Then I upgraded my broadband and was given a replacement router, a BT Hub 6. That does not announce itself and has no Workgroup assigned. I can still connect to the router and use the share, but I cannot browse the network to find it in Explorer. I have to connect to it explicitly by typing its IP address in Explorer's address bar, then I can see and connect to its share(s).


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How can I turn on/off visibility in WinExplorers "Network" section?

Only if you can configure sharing on the router itself, generally not possible if it came from your ISP. It needs to join the same Workgroup as your PC. Or (if like my Hub4 you cannot change the Workgroup) then your PC has to join the same Workgroup as the router.
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