Devices not showing up under "Network" in explorer

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    shortskoolbus

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    So this is the second Windows 7 device i've had this happen to... and i never figured it out with the first computer it happened to.

    Now it's happened to my desktop which i use all the time so i need to try to find a solution for it.

    Basically, When i go to explorer i used to be able to see all the other devices which were on the network. So i would see my NAS, my Android Phone, and the other PCs. Well strangely yesterday all the devices disappeared under "network" and all I have left there is "DESKTOP-PC".

    However, i can still access my NAS by typing \\NAS-001 in the address bar. Once i do this from explorer, then it will show up under the "Networks" drop down on the left.

    I havent changed anything since it happened... so not sure whats going on. Any ideas here?
     
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    Hi shortskoolbus - Wecome to w7forums

    Check this location and make sure under "Home or Work", that "Network discovery" is turned on.

    "Control Panel >> All Control Panel Items >> Network and Sharing Center >> Advanced sharing settings"
     
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    Hello Clifford.

    Yes, the network discovery is on. It was actually working fine a few days ago also.. but i could not tell you what's changed since then.

    Any other ideas what might cause this?
     
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    I would suspect you have your network selected as "Public"
    If so change it to private or (better imo), "Work"
     
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    I was having this problem often. It is related to the Local Master Browser setting. If you are operating a NAS Drive, it is best to set the NAS Drive as the Local Master Browser. If you are using a Synology NAS Drive the setting is located in Control Panel/File Services/Advanced Settings. Enable Local Master Browser.

    The problem arises if you operate a number of computers on a network. The first computer that switches on becomes the Local Master Browser by default. When that computer switches off, all devices on the network will disappear. If you then switch it on the devices on the network will not reappear, unless you switch off/on all the other devices.

    The best setting is to set the NAS Drive as Local Master Browser and leave it on. It will go into idle when the computers are switched off, but as it is always on, all devices will appear on your network when you switch any computer on the network on.
     
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    I have the same problem. On an other site I found a crumb (half a loaf ...). If you put the NAS name, eg \\lg-nas, in explorer's address bar you can get to the device. You can then map the folders to a drive letter.
     
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