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Solved file sharing and computer access on home network

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  1. corolla2

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    Hello, years ago we had a WiFi network that allowed us to access each other's computers as well as external USB hard drives attached to a central desktop. With the changes to Windows 10, we can't seem to do this anymore.

    We have a TP Link Archer C6 router for the network. There are two laptops running Win 10, one desktop with Win 10, and one MacBook with MacOS Mojave. The desktop has an 8TB USB external hard drive we'd essentially like to make the network file sharing drive.

    How can we set up the network to be able to look at each other's computer documents again as well as all of us having the ability to access the 8TB drive attached to the desktop?
     
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    But, did you do as I stated in the last reply of the link above?
     
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    The last remark in the thread referred to talks about changing sharing settings, but where? Is this under Windows in networking settings?
     
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    I was able to figure this out finally after looking at the referred thread and a couple more Google searches. The computer with the attached external USB hard drives is attached to the router with an ethernet cable.

    Under Network and Sharing Center I made sure the home network was private. I also turned off requiring a password to join the home network.

    On computers connecting to the WiFi home network, I also went to Network and Sharing Center and clicked on the network name. Under those settings I had to change it from public to private.

    Once I did these two steps, the wirelessly connecting laptops were able to connect to the desktop hard connected to the router.

    Thanks for helping me.
     
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    your welcome
     
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