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How To See Raspberry Pi On Windows Network

If you are reading this it is probably because you are having trouble getting a Windows system to see a Samba share on your Raspberry Pi. There can be a number of reasons for this. We’re going to cover some of the issues you might run into.

We’re going to cover the following:

How To Setup Samba On A Raspberry Pi

Before we start talking about things that can go wrong let’s start by going over some of the basic steps to get Samba working on a Raspberry Pi with Linux. Make sure you have Samba setup before trying to connect from Windows.

We start out by making sure the packages are installed:


sudo apt update
sudo apt install samba samba-common-bin

Edit your Samba config file:


sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

The config will look something like this:


[global]
netbios name = Pi
server string = The Pi File Center
workgroup = WORKGROUP

[MYHOME]
path = /home/pi
comment = a home directory
writeable=Yes
create mask=0777
directory mask=0777
public=no

Create a Samba password for whichever user you will be using:


sudo smbpasswd -a pi

Restart Samba to enable changes to the config file:


sudo service smbd restart

From Windows

From Windows you can access the share through File Explorer:

Fixes for Issues Seeing a Raspberry Pi on a Windows Network

You may be able to connect to your share by typing it into the URL bar but it doesn’t show up under Networks.

One common issue that comes up is that the old SMB1 network discovery system has apparently been deprecated by Microsoft. There are two things you can try to fix this.

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