Unable to connect to laptop with network sharing enabled


lafargeotte

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Laptop using WiFi on workgroup network, is able to connect to 2 other PCs on the network, but these two cannot connect to it even though network sharing is enabled. Folders are also shared. The laptop can be pinged.

Tried various solutions, including disabling and re-enabling everything to do with sharing.

Even when connected to the router by ethernet the problem still exists, so it does seem like this laptop under Windows 11 (Pro) with the problem.

Am at a loss now so any suggestions most gratefully received.
 
Windows Build/Version
22000.469

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMS Ryzen 5 1600 - 6 Core
    Motherboard
    Asus
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 1030GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Iiyama24
Have you sorted your other problem?
If you are using your dongle still, make sure the other devices know it new name as the dongle will be different to the onboard WIFI one
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
Can you explain that more please.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMS Ryzen 5 1600 - 6 Core
    Motherboard
    Asus
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 1030GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Iiyama24
The other 2 computers will need to search on the network for the dongle then connect to it
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware M18 R1
    CPU
    13th Gen Core i9 13900HX
    Memory
    32GB DDR5 @4800MHz 2x16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Geforce RTX 4090HX 16GB
    Sound Card
    Nvidia HD / Realtek ALC3254
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18" QHD+
    Screen Resolution
    25660 X 1600
    Hard Drives
    C: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    D: KIOXIA (Toshiba) 2TB KXG80ZNV2T04 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
    Case
    Dark Metallic Moon
    Keyboard
    Alienware M Series per-key AlienFX RGB
    Mouse
    Alienware AW610M
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton
    Other Info
    Killer E3000 Ethernet Controller
    Killer Killer AX1690 Wi-Fi Network Adaptor Wi-Fi 6E
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Alienware Z01G Graphic Amplifier
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware Area 51m R2
    CPU
    10th Gen i-9 10900 K
    Memory
    32Gb Dual Channel DDR4 @ 8843MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Nvidia RTX 2080 Super
    Sound Card
    Nvidia
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Hard Drive C: Samsung 2TB SSD PM981a NVMe
    Hard Drive D:Samsung 2TB SSD 970 EVO Plus
    Mouse
    Alienware 610M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Norton
The laptop appears in the network list of the other PCs, but when clicking to access it unfortunately that is where the problem lies.
The laptop is primarily used by my wife and she has recently changed the name of it, it was jilllaptop and is now just jill, could that be a problem?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMS Ryzen 5 1600 - 6 Core
    Motherboard
    Asus
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 1030GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Iiyama24
I have found a workaround.

Using the 'Run' box, type in the IP address of the computer (e.g. \\192.168.1.**) and click OK, then a window opens with all the shared foldrers.

Until I find the solution to the original problem, I can use this workaround.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMS Ryzen 5 1600 - 6 Core
    Motherboard
    Asus
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 1030GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Iiyama24
just a simple question ,easily overlooked, have you checked your firewall?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    windows 10, 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway DX4370G
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz AMD A6-3620 APU
    Motherboard
    Gateway DX4370G
    Memory
    16 gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
    Sound Card
    AMD HDMI AUDIO
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung c27f390 (curved) 27 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    931GB Western Digital WDC WDBNCE0010PNC (SATA (SSD))
    465GB SHGS31-500GS-2 (SATA (SSD))
    multiple usb drives
    PSU
    unknown
    Case
    tower
    Keyboard
    logitech k400r
    Mouse
    logitech m570
    Internet Speed
    113 mbps
    Browser
    firefox
    Antivirus
    malwarebytes
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 21H2 22000.493
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    hp Pavillion 590-p0053w
    CPU
    2.80 gigahertz Intel core i5-8400
    Motherboard
    hp 843B 00
    Memory
    16 gigs
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) UDH Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung c27f390 (curved) 27 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Ct500mx500ssd1 (500 gig)
    M2 pcie nvme 500 gig
    Case
    box
    Mouse
    logitech k270
    Keyboard
    logitech m185
    Browser
    firefox
    Antivirus
    malwarebytes
Try editing the Hosts file which is located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc. You can edit it in Notepad.
Copy and paste the following line -

Code:
     192.168.1.**      jill

substituting the actual numbers for ** and ensuring the name 'jill' is correct before saving.

Let us know how it goes.

EDIT make these changes on the systems that cannot access the laptop, not on the laptop :mad:
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lafite 14
    CPU
    i7
    Memory
    16Gb
    Internet Speed
    150Mbps/39Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PC Specialist
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8Gb
    Internet Speed
    150Mbps/39Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Incompatible device, upgraded to Win 11

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMS Ryzen 5 1600 - 6 Core
    Motherboard
    Asus
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 1030GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Iiyama24
Try editing the Hosts file which is located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc. You can edit it in Notepad.
Copy and paste the following line -

Code:
     192.168.1.**      jill

substituting the actual numbers for ** and ensuring the name 'jill' is correct before saving.

Let us know how it goes.

EDIT make these changes on the systems that cannot access the laptop, not on the laptop :mad:
That works great, thank you.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMS Ryzen 5 1600 - 6 Core
    Motherboard
    Asus
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 1030GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Iiyama24
I would still like to understand why the normal Windows 11 file sharing will not work.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMS Ryzen 5 1600 - 6 Core
    Motherboard
    Asus
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 1030GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Iiyama24
You said earlier that the laptop can be pinged - by name?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lafite 14
    CPU
    i7
    Memory
    16Gb
    Internet Speed
    150Mbps/39Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PC Specialist
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8Gb
    Internet Speed
    150Mbps/39Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Incompatible device, upgraded to Win 11
Pinged using IP address.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMS Ryzen 5 1600 - 6 Core
    Motherboard
    Asus
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 1030GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Iiyama24
Have you tried rebooting your router? If it's simply left on continuously this might be all that is needed. Obviously you would need to remove the edit to the hosts file before testing any other scenarios.

Are you using fixed IPs or is it that your router, like mine. always allocates the same IP on each boot?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lafite 14
    CPU
    i7
    Memory
    16Gb
    Internet Speed
    150Mbps/39Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PC Specialist
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8Gb
    Internet Speed
    150Mbps/39Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Incompatible device, upgraded to Win 11
Rebooting the router was my first hope, unfortunately it did not work.
It allocates the same IP, but since I had this problem and with your solution I have assigned that laptop a static IP address.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMS Ryzen 5 1600 - 6 Core
    Motherboard
    Asus
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 1030GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Iiyama24
I honestly don't know the answer but whenever I have had minor networking issues in the past I have usually been able to fix them running Tweaking.com - Windows Repair. It needs to run in safe mode and it's only necessary to run the networking repairs.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lafite 14
    CPU
    i7
    Memory
    16Gb
    Internet Speed
    150Mbps/39Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
  • Operating System
    Win 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PC Specialist
    CPU
    i5
    Memory
    8Gb
    Internet Speed
    150Mbps/39Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Incompatible device, upgraded to Win 11
It's probably nothing wrong with your settings. I battled the exact same issue when all my computers were Windows 10. I had one out of three that was never recognized in the network map. I spent many hours on it but never could get it to show up. Like you, I ended up making a shortcut on the other two to it's ip address and then pinned the shortcut to quick access. It's still that way today because I never did come up with an answer to "why". I went so far as to restore an image of it onto an old junk PC which WOULD show in the network map. The only thing I could surmise was it may have something to do with it's network adapter which makes no sense to me.
If you're like me, even though there's a work around, we still want to know why it doesn't work as expected.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    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
Thanks for that. Yes I am like you, something that should work is not doing so, and I would like to find out why.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMS Ryzen 5 1600 - 6 Core
    Motherboard
    Asus
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia 1030GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Iiyama24
FYI I saw another thread where a user could restart "Function Discovery Resource Publication" in Services to get a computer to show on his network, which would work temporarily but eventually his problem would return. See if doing that makes yours appear.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    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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