I have a NAS unit that I attached to my Windows desktop via direct ethernet cable. I have it set to use automatic DNS, and it retrieves an IP address from my desktop with no further configuration. I'd like to be able to view this NAS from another computer connected to our home network, if possible. Again, to clarify, the desktop is connected to our home network via Wi-Fi, and the NAS box is connected to the desktop via direct ethernet cable.
What's the relationship between the IP address that my desktop assigns to the NAS and the IP address that our router assigns to my desktop? Short of plugging it into our router, how do I make the NAS visible to the wider network?