Another Laptop and Desktop not seeing each other, tried the other post

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro

    Another Laptop and Desktop not seeing each other, tried the other post

    I'm trying to set up a very basic home network to share a wired printer on desktop with laptop and a few other public files. No matter what I do, laptop and desktop aren't seeing each other.

    Desktop is Win 10 Pro, Laptop is Win 10 Home. I can ping the other from both, both have 192.168.50.xx IP's, both have subnet, both are on private network profile with all share/discover network options on, and all network services running. Both appear to be on default WORKGROUP. Have tried disabling firewalls on both. Desktop is wired, have tried laptop both wired and wireless and no difference.

    Using Asus A1300 router. Firewall on router is disabled.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, this is driving me nuts since everything I don't care about showing up (firestick, etc) are happy to be there but the one thing I'm actually try to connect to isn't.


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  2. Posts : 8,125
    windows 10

    Welcome to the forum. have have you setup shares and given permission to everyone, have you set ntfs permissions on the shared folders. If you try and map a drive what happens any error message
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Even if no sharing was set up, why wouldn't the devices be visible on the network? After a lot of trial and error I was able to get that working a few months ago but had to clean install windows so whatever settings made that work I lost, and I don't understand networking enough to get it working again. If I remember right, once they were visible on the network, sharing the printer worked fine. Just need them to see each other. Thanks!
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  4. jmx
    Posts : 16
    Windows 10 Version 20H2

    If you are saying that your computer names do not show up under Network in File Explorer then I am having the same problem.

    The only solution that has worked for me is to put the other computer name in the File Explorer address bar
    (e.g. \\ComputerName).
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  5. Posts : 8,125
    windows 10

    Is NetBIOS installed on both it's that which shows them. You should be able to connect via IP and use printer via IP. You are sure they are in the same workgroup and have different computer names. Often connecting via IP will kick it into life. It takes up to 20 mins before NetBIOS finds other PC so you need to have them all on for a while
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