Ordinarily, computers that belong to the same network should be visible in My Network Places. However, there are a few settings that need to be looked into and probably updated to enable endpoint visibility in a network. To begin with, all the computers need to belong to the same workgroup. Secondly, network discovery and file sharing should be enabled especially for the private network profile.
Endpoint security software can sometimes block connections by default. This is true if you have installed using endpoint protection software with internet security feature e.g. Kaspersky internet security. Therefore, instead of uninstalling it you can tweak a few settings and still get to enjoy full-featured protection.
Below, we illustrate how the above procedures can be executed in Microsoft windows so that the selected computers can ‘see’ each other in a network. Upon complete and successful configurations, the system administrator should be able to ping the other computers within the network.
Reasons for lack of visibility in my network places
Wrong DNS configurations
The first reason why computers might not be visible to the rest could be attributed to wrong DNS configurations. The Domain Name Service plays a critical role in ensuring that computers that belong to the same network can share resources openly.
Sometimes, system administrators can block specific computers from being visible to other computers because of security. This is cybersecurity attack has become very rampant and can disrupt business operations in the event that a good network security firewall is lacking. Furthermore, network security attacks can lead to massive business losses.
Fixing a broken down network
Another obvious reason for the lack of visibility in my network places could be a broken network. This is especially true if the computer has been visible all the while but suddenly it goes offline. So the network administrator has to check the connection data point. And if possible, terminate afresh the CAT6 network module.
If the computer network adapter fails to connect even after replacing the CAT6 network modules. Then the cable might have been damaged, cut or eaten by rats. In such a situation, the next course of action would be to run the Ethernet cabling afresh. This time around making sure that the network cables remain protected inside a conduit or trunking.
Enable file and printer sharing
In most Microsoft Windows operating systems, certain settings have to be updated in the network and sharing center to enable visibility. Enabling the sharing settings on Microsoft windows tend to be straight forward. For instance, navigating to the advanced sharing settings, it will reveal two distinct network profiles.
And these are; the private network profile and the public network profile. When operating from the public network profile, the identity of the other computers will be hidden. However, computer identities will be revealed for all the computers with the private network profile. Also, for each network profile, it is important that those features like network discovery and, file and printer sharing are checked.
Create a workgroup
After updating the file and network sharing feature, now all the computers have to belong to the same workgroup. The workgroup name can be customized to something meaningful for your organization. You can change it to the company name, department name or any other name suitable to you.
The workgroup name can be changed by accessing the properties section of the computer. The computer properties will be revealed by right-clicking on the This PC icon. It is usually available as a desktop icon. It is from the same window that the computer name can be changed as well.
Looking into the above suggestions for network sharing will definitely solve the computer visibility issues. Should there be more complex connectivity issues that require professional structured cabling and networking company in Kenya, then please contact us immediately.
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