PCs Don't Show Up in Explorer Even Though Both Network Discovery Settings are Turned On and Have the Same Domain

Alvin777 20 Reputation points

Hello Microsoft friends, what's the fix for this: pcs (one is connected to the sole fiber internet router/hub through Wifi, the other is connected through ethernet) don't show up in File Explorer>Network even though both Network Discovery settings are turned on and have the same domain created by default by Microsoft, however, when you use ping on the Terminal, it can ping and "see" each other.

What other possibly hidden or "buried" settings should I turn off or turn on or Terminal or PowerShell commands I should perform?

Both are on Windows 11 23H2 version, latest build.

God bless Windows users.

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  1. Karlie Weng 15,681 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Run the following commands in Command Prompt as Administrator to Reset Network Components:

    # Reset the TCP/IP stack
    netsh int ip reset
    # Reset the Winsock catalog
    netsh winsock reset
    # Renew IP address
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    # Flush DNS cache
    ipconfig /flushdns
    # Reset the network interface
    netcfg -d

    Ensure the Network Location Awareness service is running in services.msc. Ensure it is running and set to Automatic.

    You can also use PowerShell to perform a more detailed connectivity test, including checking for open ports:

    Test-NetConnection -ComputerName <IP_of_other_PC> -CommonTCPPort SMB

    This will test the connectivity to the SMB port on the other PC.

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  1. S.Sengupta 16,561 Reputation points MVP

    Open Command Prompt as Administrator and type the following commands followed by hitting the Enter key:

    net stop FunctionDiscoveryProviderHost

    net stop FDResPub

    net stop LanmanServer

    net stop Workstation

    net start FunctionDiscoveryProviderHost

    net start FDResPub

    net start LanmanServer

    net start Workstation

    This restarts services related to network discovery and file sharing.

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  2. MotoX80 32,531 Reputation points
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  3. Alvin777 20 Reputation points

    Thank you. Is there anything I need to change in the Fiber internet modem (which is also an ethernet hub and Wifi nowadays, thankfully), just the settings related to a computer with using Wifi and another computer using ethernet and vice-versa? I do have the password to access the modem's (modem's paid for after more than 2 years using their service) settings via it's IP address.

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