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Cant "see" a NAS device on my Windows netowrk

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I have two Dell precision workstations and a Black Armor NAS device attached to my home network. Both of the Dell computers are setup to be backed up every morning to the NAS device...This works. The backup software writes the backups every morning.....But...When I open up Windows Explorer in one of the Dell workstations I cant "see " the NAS device under the Network that is listed, although can see the other workstation...What gives?
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are you able to ping the NAS from workstation?
if not try to turn off firewall
if yes try to browse NAS using \\NAS_IPaddress (if it works you can create shortcut to access NAS this way)

to see NAS in explorer´s network try to check in Control Panel>Network and Sharing Center what type of netowr you have set (Private, Public) and if network discovery is set to ON or OFF
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If you can ping it and browse to it by IP . You could setup the hosts files to resolve the name.
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I am able to ping using the ip address and the NAS name...

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when I try to browse the NAS with Windows Explorer using the ip address, Internet explorer opens up and takes me to the NAS Login screen.

Network discovery is ON...but Im not sure what "type" of network it is setup as..

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When I'm in Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network and Sharing Center...and click the "see full map" link the computer I'm using is connected to an "unknown" big ? icon and the NAS is listed at the bottom of the page under the heading "The following discovered devices can not be placed in the map"
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Its a "Home" network type
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i found the problem...one work station was connected to a "Home" network and the other workstation was connected to a "Work" network...I made them both "work" types and rebooted both and all is better...the NAS is mapped correctly and visible in windows explorer....thx "helpfinder".
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by:fdbguy
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I was to quick in closing this question...
Even after implementing what I describe in my previous comment, the next day I again can no longer see the NAS device in windows explorer. Which is strange because the day that everything looked fine. Ill start a new question and reference this one.
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