How to Access a NAS drive in your Network (Router)

How to Access a NAS drive in your Network (Router)

Picture. 1 How to Access a NAS drive in your Network (Router).

Accessing files through your NAS’s own software in the browser (Basic Solution):

  1. In the windows search bar, type in “Control panel” and click on it.
  2. Navigate to “Network and Internet” → “Network and sharing center” → “Advanced sharing settings”(located on the left hand side of the screen).
  3. Under both the “Private” and “Guest or public”, set the “Network discovery” and “file and printer sharing” to “turn on”
  4. Open up the file explorer and click “network” or right click and “refresh” the directory
  5. The name of your NAS should show up and just double-click on it.
  6. This should open up a new page in your browser where you will be prompted to key in the username and password.
  7. You now should have access to all your files.

Accessing files directly from the File Explorer (Advanced Solution):

  1. Open up a browser and type in “” into the address bar
  2. Copy down the IP address, it will looks something like this “”
  3. Open up “file explorer” and click the “This PC” tab. Then right click and add network location
  4. This will open the “Add Network Location Wizard”. Click “Next”.
  5. Click “choose a custom network location” and click “next”.
  6. Click “Browse” and right click “map network drive…”
  7. Then, in the “folder” address bar, type in “\\(I.P.address you previously copied down)\(Name of the folder in NAS you want to connect to)” E.g. “\\\video”

  1. Click “Finish” and then you will return to the previous window where you click “cancel”.
  2. Now you will be back at the window you were at in step 7. Here you will copy paste the same address you wrote down in step 7 and paste it into this window, and it should show up. The click “next”
  3. In this step, you can create a custom name for this location, just type it into the text box

  1. Click “Finish” and now when you access the “file explorer”, your drive/the specific folder you mapped it to will show up right in the file explorer tab, no need to access a web browser for your files.