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  1. #1


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    Surface RT cannot access network folders - Can't authenti


    Good morning.

    So I've some folders in my Desktop that I want to share with all the hosts in my network, so what i did was to create a new users and set all those folders only to read mode and, everytime I wanted to access the folders on those machines I simply access those folders via that user (in Windows hosts I just enter the network path like \\ip_address\folder , windows then asks for the network password, I authenticate with that user and I have access to those folders.

    The thing is that in my Surface RT (Windows RT -ARM), every time I try to access those folders via the method above (\\ip_address\folder), I do see the folders, but when I double click on one of them in order to have access, instead of letting me authenticate, it simply returns the following error: Windows Cannot Access \\ip_address\folder

    Why is this so? Why doesn't Windows allow me to authenticate? Is this a limitation of the RT platform?

    Regards.
    Last edited by Portugal; 21 Apr 2014 at 00:24.

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  2. #2


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    If you are just opening File Explorer, then Network shares, you should be able to find them. Most likely it is an issue with the RT. It does help to know what OS the other computer is running, what is the mfg & model of the router/gateway you are using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    If you are just opening File Explorer, then Network shares, you should be able to find them. Most likely it is an issue with the RT. It does help to know what OS the other computer is running, what is the mfg & model of the router/gateway you are using.
    Hello broe23.

    As I've said in my previous post, I'm indeed able to find the shares folders in my Surface RT, but I'm not able to access them, when I double click in any one of them, it returns me that error Windows Cannot Access\\ip_address\folder You do not have permission to access instead of asking me for the network password and let me authenticate.
    I've already marked that folder permission to anyone (read), and I can access it from the Surface RT, but obviously I don't want them to be openly accessible by anyone inside the LAN.

    The other computer is running Windows 8 Pro, and all the other hosts, including some Linux based Media Center are able to access the folders successfully.

    Regarding the router, I've the AP's so they form an ESS. But it's unlikely it's one of them causing it.

    Regards.
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    Central IL
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    Firewall is one reason. If you are trying from Metro, that is the other reason. Again, can you see the network shares in File Explorer in the Desktop mode?
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Firewall is one reason. If you are trying from Metro, that is the other reason. Again, can you see the network shares in File Explorer in the Desktop mode?
    Hello.

    I'm not trying from Metro, I'm trying from the Explorer in Desktop mode, like in all other versions of windows.

    I go to the desktop mode, click on the address bar any windows and type \\ip_address\folder I want to connect to.

    In desktop mode if I type \\ip_address\folder (being ip address the address of my desktop), I can see all the folders that are shares, but if I double click in any one of them it will return the "Windows Cannot Access\\ip_address\folder You do not have permission to access" instead of asking me for the network password and let me authenticate.

    Regarding the firewall, my routers (who are only AP's and L2 switches), don't have any firewall on L2, no access-lists, nor anything. If they did, I would never even see the folders. And as I said on my previous post, if I create a share that's accessible by anyone, I can access to that share from my Surface RT.

    Regards.
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    You cannot go to an address bar and type in the IP Address\Folder for connecting to Network shares. You have to open the File Explorer, then click on the Network Icon to find computers on the LAN, that are not sharing folders on the LAN. If you are going to connect to these folder shares all of the time. You need to map them on the Surface.

    When you type in the IP address and folder. The Web browser will go out to the web looking for that information, not on the Private LAN.

    BTW, you also do not need to state L2 for a Switch. The word AP, could mean that you have a Wireless Router or Wireless Gateway. You have to state exactly what is the manufacturer & model of the networking equipment, if it is asked for, which I asked for in my previous post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    You cannot go to an address bar and type in the IP Address\Folder for connecting to Network shares. You have to open the File Explorer, then click on the Network Icon to find computers on the LAN, that are not sharing folders on the LAN. If you are going to connect to these folder shares all of the time. You need to map them on the Surface.

    When you type in the IP address and folder. The Web browser will go out to the web looking for that information, not on the Private LAN.

    BTW, you also do not need to state L2 for a Switch. The word AP, could mean that you have a Wireless Router or Wireless Gateway. You have to state exactly what is the manufacturer & model of the networking equipment, if it is asked for, which I asked for in my previous post.
    Hello Broe23, I think there is some miscommunication going on between us.
    First, the address bar I'm talking about is this address bar:


    And what's happening is this (it does not let me to authenticate):




    Instead of asking for my network password, like this:



    Regarding to my Routers'/AP/Switch I've three, one Linksys WRT610N, one TP-link TL-WR843ND and one Zon Hub 1.0. They're all with the same SSID and password so they form a ESS.

    Regards.
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8 Pro


    have you tried

    username:password@192.168.2.2

    ?

    Does the same happen when you display the shares by clicking on the entry in the list on the left bottom side of discovered networked devices?

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    Central IL
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    That error happens when SMB is seeing something wrong between the machines. Just try clicking on the Device again in Network, then click on the Sub folder that is shared inside that device. If you still are getting errors, something is not setup correctly on the other computer to allow Private LAN sharing.

    Using the IP, the Router can be messed up with not matching IP with Netbios name. That is why I have asked what is going on three times what is the mfg & model of your router/gateway.

    Without that information, we are getting nowhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    That error happens when SMB is seeing something wrong between the machines. Just try clicking on the Device again in Network, then click on the Sub folder that is shared inside that device. If you still are getting errors, something is not setup correctly on the other computer to allow Private LAN sharing.
    Hello broe23, I still get that error if I click on the device in Network, and then again on the Sub folder.

    Regarding of something not being correctly configured on the remote machine (desktop), it's very unlikely given the fact that I've access to those folders with all my other hosts without any problems whatsoever (Windows and non-Windows machines).


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Using the IP, the Router can be messed up with not matching IP with Netbios name. That is why I have asked what is going on three times what is the mfg & model of your router/gateway.

    Without that information, we are getting nowhere.
    I've already provided the model of the Routers.

    Regards.
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