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Some or all computers often not visibale on network

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I don't know what it is, but often I cannot see some or all computers on my home network. The computers are the following: Laptop, Windows 8.1, wired; Desktop, Windows 7, wired; two tablets, Windows 8.1, both wireless. As far as I know the machines are configured correctly: Private Network discovery and file and printer sharing are on and even Public Network discovery and file and printer sharing are on. I cannot discover any reproducibility in the visibility of the computers. When they are there or not seems to be quite random. What can be wrong and how to solve this?
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Tej Pratap Shukla ~Dexter earned 250 total points
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Hey there
To fix this problem, you may test the following cases:
Try changing the network location to Home or Work or try connecting to a network that already has a Home or Work network location. As you’ve mentioned you changed then to public, change it to private as you’ll be vulnerable to many attacks.
The devices not showing in the network map might not support protocols defined by Windows 7
The computer’s firewall settings are preventing Windows from detecting it. Check the firewall settings and make sure that file and printer sharing are enabled.
The computer has its network discovery is turned off.
Feel free to revert back
Thanks
~Dex
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Since this is a home network, I assume you do not have a domain controller installed.

Add them all to a homegroup.
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by:Hoogendoorn
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Try changing the network location to Home or Work or try connecting to a network that already has a Home or Work network location
What do you mean by this and how to do?
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Network sharing center >> Choose homegroup and sharing options >> Change advanced sharing options
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I also changed the name of the workgroup to the default name WORKGROUP (I used another name). I see now all the network devices on the Windows 7 desktop and the Windows 8.1 laptop. Both tablets show all devices, except one of the two NASes I have (a DLink NAS does not show up, a Synology NAS does). Why does the DLink NAS not show up on the tablets?
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