Can't see NAS drives on network

Posted on 2011-10-31
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
My new Windows 7 Pro laptop cannot see my 2 NAS drives on my home wireless network. I can ping them, but they won't show up on the network and I can't access their shared folders. Using a Linksys WRT54G router. Suggestions?
Question by:alanslobodnik
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    by:John Hurst
    There are a number of settings in Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center -> Advanced Sharing -> Home or Work. Make sure that you have set things for file sharing, make sure you are not set to Public, and make sure you are not using Homegroup.

    Also, try mapping a folder on your NAS with NET USE (NET USE Z: \\nasdrive\folder) . What answer do you get?

    .... Thinkpads_User

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    Good suggestions all, but unfortuantely I had already tried them. Could the 128-bit encryption setting be a problem? I would love to try mapping a folder on my NAS, but I can't get into it (as my other computer is dead)!
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    The 128-bit encryption setting wouldn't be a problem, since that refers to access to objects you're sharing from your Windows 7 PC.

    You map the drive, using NET USE, from your Windows 7 PC.
    Is it that you don't know the name of the NAS or the name of the share?
    Does your NAS have a Web based management interface? Since you can ping the NAS, you should be able to enter its IP address into your Web browser and probably determine its name and the shares.
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    by:John Hurst
    You could try NET USE Z: \\ipaddresss_of_NAS\foldername . Does that give access?
    ... Thinkpads_User
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    Posts (ID:37060513 Author:RootsMan) and (ID:37061735 Author:thinkpads_user) I believe have adequately addressed this issue. However, without feedback from the Asker, we do not know if the Asker's problem was solved.  ... Thinkapds_User
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