Solved Network Discovery in Windows 10

April 10, 2017 at 12:22:33
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I just read that Windows Firewall blocks Network Discovery by default.
Isn't Network Discovery something that would normally be needed?
What circumstances would require me to change this?

I'm asking because I'm setting up TinyWall on my new laptop.
I see that Network Discovery is unchecked in TinyWall, but I may
have unchecked it myself several weeks ago when I began setting
up TinyWall and was interrupted. Or I may have disabled Network
Discovery elsewhere in Windows.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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April 10, 2017 at 17:47:58
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"I just read that Windows Firewall blocks Network Discovery by default"

Not true. You must have disabled it. See the following for an explanation & how to enable it again.

http://www.dummies.com/computers/op...

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April 11, 2017 at 22:42:04
I forget where I read that, and haven't been able to find it again.

However, if I correctly understand the page you linked -- or even
if I don't -- it makes sense that Windows Firewall *does* block
network discovery by default. It looks like the default for private
networks is to allow network discovery, and the default for public
networks is to block network discovery. What I read may or may
not have explicitly said that it applies to public networks, but
public networks are apparently what it applies to.

It appears that I don't need network discovery at this time, so I
can leave it turned off, and blocked by TinyWall and Windows
Firewall.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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