How to add network location in Windows 10 w/o internet access?

alcoholbob

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My internet is down right now (PG&E outage took down Comcast). I'm trying to map a network drive because the ip changed from the last time I reset my wifi router.

When I right click add network location I get the add network location box, but another window opens up demanding me to connect to the internet. When I close that window it also closes my add network location window. Basically I have to wait for internet to go back up before I can remap one of my NAS drives?
 

JackMDS

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"Add network location" usually means Add a New connection on the Internet.

Since right now you do not have Internet you can not use.

If you meant Add LAN Connection, maybe this can Help.



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crashtech

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Windows not finding my NAS has been an ongoing problem for me. Nowadays I use an IP scanner to find it, then type the new IP into the location bar near the top of Windows File Explorer in the following format:
Code:
\\192.168.X.XXX
Obviously there are other private network ranges, my example uses the most popular. The backslashes are mandatory. At that point you can map the found directories into a network drive with a simple right-click. If the IP changes again, delete the network drive and start over. I guess static IPs would be best, but I have never been bothered enough to implement them.
 

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