Message: "Windows cannot access \\pcname\e" How to solve this?

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    Like I say, I'm something off-piste at the moment insamuch as I'm talking about general networking principles. My Local Area Connection, which is the means of connecting to the internet, is of course a network. So, it will not, I think, have a local IP. Dynamic I think. Should my internet network ever be made a private one? My understanding is no. Assume no others computers connected to it, just my laptop connected to this network, i.e. the internet. I'm talking as a home user. I'm worried that if this network is made private, that will spell trouble. Unless there are measures to prevent trouble.

    (I noticed that my Local Area Connection was showing as a private network, which is worrying me. It may have got this way in my attempt to create a LAN.)

    EDIT: I'm assuming that when I say Local Area Connection everyone understands I mean a connection to the internet. That assumption might be wrong. Anyway, that is what I mean, so I'm talking about whether this network should ever be made private.

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    Hi. I've thought about this and I think this is the proper thing to say: If when seeking to create a LAN between two computers at home, the Local Area Connection ought to be set to public. That's it in a nutshell.
    Last edited by richard2277; 22 Sep 2019 at 13:37.
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    A local private network means it's behind a nat router and the IP is in the range this IP range doesn't go live on the internet so it's private no one can see it on the internet.
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    Actually, Samuria there are 3 classes of private IP addresses, of which 192.168.x.x is only one set, for Class C IPv4 addresses. Class B private addresses range from, and class A - There's also the APIPA (Automatic Private IP Addressing) scheme that Windows uses when it can't find DNS or doesn't have a static IP assignment, which runs from to (Class B also). See these helpful articles for more information:
    Private IP Addresses: Everything You Need to Know
    The Role of APIPA in Windows IP Address Assignment

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    I didnt want to complcate him
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  5. Posts : 34
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    Hi. OK, I have a question: On my PC I connect thru a router (say it's labelled VM0998HGT908) It is set as"Ethernet Public Network". Is it the case, that when I'm making adjustments to the "Network" i.e.VM0998HGT908, such as setting it private, or public this is NOT making any difference to whether my laptop, or other laptops in my home, become discoverable or not from remote computers connected to the internet? If the answer is yes, then "Network" would specifically mean my local network as far as I can tell. Thanks.

    EDIT: I've just noticed something. When I seek to access my local network for discovery and file sharing, I've been choosing to make the network a private network. But I notice I can select "Yes, turn on network discovery and file sharing for all public networks". If I choose that, does that mean my laptops would be discoverable from Pc's on the internet? I guess the answer might depend on the answer to the question above. I'd guess the answer to the above question is yes, (but I need confirmation) and that if I set to public with discovery and file sharing it just means no usernames or passwords required.on a strictly local network.
    Last edited by richard2277; 24 Sep 2019 at 09:19.
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