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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?

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If stuff on the NAS is visible on the desktop, can't you "share" those things with others on the home network using the usual Windows techniques? – martineau Dec 10 '12 at 21:30
Perhaps, but I'd like to be able to get to the administration interface from other machines as well. This requires entering the NAS's IP address. – Archagon Dec 10 '12 at 21:40
If you want the NAS to be visible to browse on your Windows network you will have to install/enable Samba and set your workgroup name in the Global section. If you just want to be able to connect to it you should be able to do this from other windows machines using its IP address and you really want to give it a static address. – Lord Peter Dec 10 '12 at 21:42
Why don't you connect the NAS direct to the router? – Dave Dec 10 '12 at 21:54
Lord Peter, I tried to access the NAS with the IP given to it by my desktop from another machine, but it didn't work. Is there some Windows Firewall stuff I have to do first? Dave Rook, my router is in another room and I want to keep the NAS close to my desktop, for now. – Archagon Dec 10 '12 at 22:20

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