OK, I'm not sure how to login using the IP address. If I enter the ip of the win10 machine into a browser url field (e.g. 192.168.1.6) all I get is an error message (This page can't be displayed). I can PING the win10 machine from the Win8.1 machine, but I don't know how to do the login thing.The wired and wireless networks are already the same network unless you have some unusual setup. Can you try connecting to the Windows 10 machine with \\win10IPaddress. If you are not able to connect then it's likely a firewall issue. If you can and it's empty then it's a sharing issue.
OK, I Googled it and logged in to the win10 machine from the win8 machine using the mstsc tool (remote desktop). I was indeed able to use the remote desktop feature and saw the desktop on the win10 machine (visible on the win8 machine). So... what does all that mean? Thanx again for the help.The wired and wireless networks are already the same network unless you have some unusual setup. Can you try connecting to the Windows 10 machine with \\win10IPaddress. If you are not able to connect then it's likely a firewall issue. If you can and it's empty then it's a sharing issue.
So, it seems my MAIN (not only) problem is bridging the wireless network to the wired net. Right now there is only one computer on the wired network. I may be in over my hear here. I do OK with general computer stuff, but I never had any real network training. Is there something basic I'm missing here? Thanx.
Disabling the firewalls didn't help. It's looking like I have the sharing settings wrong, but I cannot figure out WHAT is wrong. I will make a step-by-step list of what I am doing and post it here. Maybe you can tell me what I did wrong. Thanx.Do you have the possibility to connect both computers through cable?
If the problem persists even when both computers are connected via cable then it is most likely caused by Firewall settings or wrong File sharing settings. Disable the Firewall temporarily on both machines and try to share, just to check if it is related to it. Then enable the Firewall again, first on the Windows 8 machine and try to share and then on Windows 10 machine.
Being able to connect from the Win 10 to Win 8 box shared files is mutually exclusive of being able to connect from Win 8 to Win 10 shared files.Please understand I CAN see shared files on the Win 8 machine FROM the Win 10 machine
From what you are saying, I am assuming I didn't describe the problem properly. The issue was indeed that the shares on the Win 10 machine were NOT visible in File Explorer. As I wrote in an earlier message, I could share the files by using the \\computername\filenamemnetwork search. I originally described the problem as not being able to share files because at that time I thought that was the issue. I had never tried accessing shares any other way than through file explorer. So, it seems I described the issue incorrectly.It's odd that that would allow you to access the share resources. FDPH and FDRP are really only to make your device visible in the "Network" resource in the file explorer. Those don't have anything to do with viewing shared directories.