Sharing drives w11 pro, some PCs not showing up


ChrisPbass

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w11 home
3 computers connected through a router
ET, CP, SS (w11 pro, w11home, w10home)
CP and SS are always visible on whoever's network.
Files are stored on ET and we connect through mapped drives.
SS can always see and connect to ET through these mapped drives. (this person works off ET all day)
CP does not work off ET much at all. When he does...Mapped drives do not connect most of the time. IF I use the IP address I can connect, and If I then click on the mapped drive nothing happens. Can't connect.

ET almost never shows up in 'network' on CP. ET does not show up in network on ET, ever.
CP will show up on ET's network but clicking usually doesn't work the 1st time. It's like there is some long negotiation before it shows up. (CP has a MS login on CP AND ET). SS is only local.

There are workarounds but it's all kind of a pain. Should I just map network via IP and the folder name? I would need to create a static IP for ET I assume.

Malwarebytes with VPN running on all PCs.

Anymore info needed? sorry for the info dump, I don't know else to add.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    w11 home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo i3
    Memory
    24gb
    Hard Drives
    M2
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    W11 home updated
  • Operating System
    W11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom
    CPU
    AMD ryzen 7 5500x
    Motherboard
    ASus B550F Gaming
    Memory
    16gb
    Hard Drives
    m2 1tb
Yes, it is a very common occurrence. The many threads we've had on the forum suggest accessing by using computer name and pinning a shortcut on quick access.(or ip but in this case it would be best to make static ip addresses as you said) There seems to be no rhyme or reason why some systems won't show up in the network map. In some cases they'll show up then disappear for no apparent reason. MS has never been able to perfect networking, especially with mixed OSes.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3880
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Yes, it is a very common occurrence. The many threads we've had on the forum suggest accessing by using computer name and pinning a shortcut on quick access.(or ip but in this case it would be best to make static ip addresses as you said) There seems to be no rhyme or reason why some systems won't show up in the network map. In some cases they'll show up then disappear for no apparent reason. MS has never been able to perfect networking, especially with mixed OSes.

yeah I think this is the answer I get whenever I ask this question. I don't know why I expect a different one! I appreciate it, I shall make them static.

But why doesn't ET show up on ET's network? That is just bizarre
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    w11 home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo i3
    Memory
    24gb
    Hard Drives
    M2
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    W11 home updated
  • Operating System
    W11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom
    CPU
    AMD ryzen 7 5500x
    Motherboard
    ASus B550F Gaming
    Memory
    16gb
    Hard Drives
    m2 1tb
But why doesn't ET show up on ET's network? That is just bizarre
As @glasskuter said, this is perfectly normal for Windows. Sometimes your PC sees itself on the network, and often it doesn't. Comes and goes, without rhyme or reason. I have three PCs on my home network, and almost always each PC sees the other two but not itself on the network. Below is a screenshot from PC named DAWOC1. It sees DAWHC1 and HEMPC1, but not itself.

I have the shared folders mapped for easy access, so that I can click Send To in context menus, and send files and folders to the shared folder on one of the other machines.

Clipboard 01.jpg
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 24H2 26100.1150
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 24H2 26100.1150
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
As @glasskuter said, this is perfectly normal for Windows. Sometimes your PC sees itself on the network, and often it doesn't. Comes and goes, without rhyme or reason. I have three PCs on my home network, and almost always each PC sees the other two but not itself on the network. Below is a screenshot from PC named DAWOC1. It sees DAWHC1 and HEMPC1, but not itself.

I have the shared folders mapped for easy access, so that I can click Send To in context menus, and send files and folders to the shared folder on one of the other machines.

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You use static? I assume you must because my mapped via network name shares do not work consistently.
Anyways...just babbling. I'm going to switch to static.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    w11 home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo i3
    Memory
    24gb
    Hard Drives
    M2
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    W11 home updated
  • Operating System
    W11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom
    CPU
    AMD ryzen 7 5500x
    Motherboard
    ASus B550F Gaming
    Memory
    16gb
    Hard Drives
    m2 1tb
You use static?
I know most people probably don't but I do. I have all my computers and shared printers set up as static, even my ios devices. I also have each Windows device with a specific computer name that I can easily remember. It's probably not necessary but I got into the habit years ago and stuck with it.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3880
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
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