What does Add Network Location do in Windows 10?


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    What does Add Network Location do in Windows 10?


    I am confused really. I have tried to add websites (links) through it so they will appear under Network in My Computer but no success. What's the difference between mapping a network drive (NAS usually) and adding a Network Location?

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    Studynxx said:
    What's the difference between mapping a network drive (NAS usually) and adding a Network Location?
    Mapping a network drive assigns a drive letter to a network location. Your PC will be connected to the remote location for as long as you keep the drive mapped. You can configure a mapped drive to reconnect each time you sign in.

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    Adding a Network Location creates a shortcut that enables you to access that location whenever you want, but it is only connected while you are browsing that network location. You do not have a drive letter, you use a UNC path of the form \\server\share. I use it to connect to a network drive, a USB HDD plugged into my router's USB port.

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    "What's the difference between mapping a network drive (NAS usually) and adding a Network Location?"

    Mapping a Network drive is to a Drive letter like X, Y, Z etc.
    I find that confusing as it looks like a partition on your HDD which it is not.

    Adding a network location puts a network symbol under the Folder symbol, much more logical in my view as that it what it is, a Network location. i.e. location on your NAS.

    It is really up to you as to what seems logical.

    This your LAN (local area network).

    The internet (WAN) is the otherside of your Router/Modem (Gateway). Isolated from the LAN by a hardware and software firewall. This is essential for security.

    You would not want some website to be able to access your LAN directly.
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