Network switch cannot find devices and content Windows 10 & 8.1

Hello. I've two computers Lenovo Y510p (Windows 10 Home) and G50-80 Touch (Windows 8.1). Both are x64. I want to connect them through ethernet. When I connect W10 PC to a switch and I log as administrator I cannot see the option "Find devices and content" on Network settings. Thus I cannot define the network as private for sharing files. However if I use a router all is OK. I've tested this behavior with three switches and two routers. I want to know if I can use only routers for ethernet networking with Windows 10 & 8.1 or if I can configure my system to use the switch.

I wrote about this subject in another question.

I thought that the problem was a damaged device. After these tests, I think that is a software issue.

The IP configuration with both cases is:

Router TP-Link TL-WR841ND

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10240]
(c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Qhari05
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Local Area Connection* 2:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : FC-F8-AE-CC-99-A9
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) Wireless-N 7260
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : FC-F8-AE-CC-99-A8
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:1388:2484:1475:8d1c:851f:1762:68e6(Preferred)
   Temporary IPv6 Address. . . . . . : 2001:1388:2484:1475:bd14:a625:aa7c:8a27(Preferred)
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::8d1c:851f:1762:68e6%8(Preferred)
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.40(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : martes, 3 de noviembre de 2015 12:26:35
   Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : miércoles, 4 de noviembre de 2015 12:26:34
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : fe80::7ad9:9fff:fee5:a43a%8
                                       192.168.1.1
   DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 83687598
   DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1A-A0-CE-39-28-D2-44-5F-5B-47
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 200.48.225.130
                                       200.48.225.146
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Ethernet:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.30)
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 28-D2-44-5F-5B-47
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::dd89:7fd:511b:fb42%10(Preferred)
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.100(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : martes, 3 de noviembre de 2015 12:26:18
   Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : martes, 3 de noviembre de 2015 14:26:17
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
   DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
   DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 53006916
   DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1A-A0-CE-39-28-D2-44-5F-5B-47
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Ethernet 2:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : TAP-Win32 Adapter V9
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-FF-48-30-64-95
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{92167379-54D2-4780-80DC-7B82F2D9D4DD}:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Teredo Tunneling Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:5ef5:79fd:3079:bf57:41d5:a8b5(Preferred)
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::3079:bf57:41d5:a8b5%7(Preferred)
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
   DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 419430400
   DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1A-A0-CE-39-28-D2-44-5F-5B-47
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

Tunnel adapter isatap.{51E9A84F-15E9-46C0-9426-D6165AD02F8C}:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

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Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10240]
(c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Qhari05
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Local Area Connection* 2:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : FC-F8-AE-CC-99-A9
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) Wireless-N 7260
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : FC-F8-AE-CC-99-A8
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:1388:2484:1475:8d1c:851f:1762:68e6(Preferred)
   Temporary IPv6 Address. . . . . . : 2001:1388:2484:1475:99dd:2c5:274d:32fb(Preferred)
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::8d1c:851f:1762:68e6%8(Preferred)
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.40(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : martes, 3 de noviembre de 2015 12:50:13
   Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : miércoles, 4 de noviembre de 2015 12:50:14
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : fe80::7ad9:9fff:fee5:a43a%8
                                       192.168.1.1
   DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 83687598
   DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1A-A0-CE-39-28-D2-44-5F-5B-47
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 200.48.225.130
                                       200.48.225.146
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Ethernet:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.30)
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 28-D2-44-5F-5B-47
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::dd89:7fd:511b:fb42%10(Preferred)
   Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . : 169.254.251.66(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
   DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 53006916
   DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1A-A0-CE-39-28-D2-44-5F-5B-47
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
                                       fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
                                       fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Ethernet 2:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : TAP-Win32 Adapter V9
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-FF-48-30-64-95
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{92167379-54D2-4780-80DC-7B82F2D9D4DD}:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Teredo Tunneling Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{51E9A84F-15E9-46C0-9426-D6165AD02F8C}:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
With the switch you aren't getting a valid ip address. Set the ip address to a static ip address or enable the dhcp helper in the switch (if the switch is also connected to your router or another source of DHCP

Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.30)
   Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . : 169.254.251.66(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
ConsJMEAAuthor Commented:
Thanks to David Johnson. I use wireless network for Internet and ethernet network for sharing files between two PC's. Thus the switch is not connected to the router. I prefer also the switch for traveling because it is more portable. I gave static IP address to my PC. The wireless IP addresses are 192.168.1.x then I've used 192.168.2.x for ethernet. The problem continues because I cannot see "Fin devices and content" option.

The IP configuration is:

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10240]
(c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Qhari05
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Local Area Connection* 2:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : FC-F8-AE-CC-99-A9
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) Wireless-N 7260
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : FC-F8-AE-CC-99-A8
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:1388:2484:1475:8d1c:851f:1762:68e6

(Preferred)
   Temporary IPv6 Address. . . . . . : 2001:1388:2484:1475:1087:b7de:55cf:458f

(Preferred)
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::8d1c:851f:1762:68e6%8(Preferred)
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.40(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : jueves, 5 de noviembre de 2015 10:39:17
   Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : viernes, 6 de noviembre de 2015 10:39:17
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : fe80::7ad9:9fff:fee5:a43a%8
                                       192.168.1.1
   DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
   DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 83687598
   DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1A-A0-CE-39-28-D2-44-5F-5B-47
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 200.48.225.130
                                       200.48.225.146
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Ethernet:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit 

Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.30)
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 28-D2-44-5F-5B-47
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::dd89:7fd:511b:fb42%10(Preferred)
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.2.2(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
   DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 53006916
   DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1A-A0-CE-39-28-D2-44-5F-5B-47
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 8.8.8.8
                                       8.8.4.4
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Ethernet adapter Ethernet 2:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : TAP-Win32 Adapter V9
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-FF-48-30-64-95
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{92167379-54D2-4780-80DC-7B82F2D9D4DD}:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Tunnel adapter isatap.{51E9A84F-15E9-46C0-9426-D6165AD02F8C}:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
it will be a public or undefined network so you have to go into the advanced firewall and create a rule that allows File And Printer Sharing (there is an entire group of these)and for ease of use use a range 192.168.2.0/24 or 192.168.2.0-255 on both machines

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ConsJMEAAuthor Commented:
I've created an Inbound rule allowing traffc from 192.168.2.0/24 subnet and now I can share files with the switch. I've learned that the solution was not to make the network private but customize the firewall.
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