My Network Places is used for what?


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WSR

What is the purpose of the My Network Places icon?

I access our network drives using My Computer. Just wondering if I can use
My Network Places for other tasks. When I open the icon the only item in it
is "My Web Sites on MSN".
 
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Shenan Stanley

WSR said:
What is the purpose of the My Network Places icon?

I access our network drives using My Computer. Just wondering if I
can use My Network Places for other tasks. When I open the icon the
only item in it is "My Web Sites on MSN".

For connecting to network shares and other resources on your network.

You may be mapping your drives as letters - and that is fine - but some
places (web pages/sharepoint sites, etc) are easier to access through my
network places. Not only that - but you can find other computers in the
same workgroup/domain/etc through that mechanism.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=what+is+"My+Network+Places"&aq=f&oq=
 
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N. Miller

What is the purpose of the My Network Places icon?

I access our network drives using My Computer. Just wondering if I can use
My Network Places for other tasks. When I open the icon the only item in it
is "My Web Sites on MSN".

In the "My Network Places" on my Windows MCE 2005 system, I have two groups
labeled, "Local Network", and "The Internet".

In "Local Network" are six icons. Three have a pipe below, and a monitor
with a "V" (or rabbit ears?) labeled, "KOZUE: TVersity Media Server",
"Chihiro" and "Lorri3".

Properties identify "KOZUE: TVersity Media Server" as a "UPnP/AV 1.0
Compliant Media Server", from TVersity, at http://192.168.102.34:41952/.

Properties identify "Chihiro" as an "Xtreme N GIGABIT Router", made by
D-Link, Model DIR-655, at http://192.168.102.1/.

Properties identify "Lorri3" as a "Photosmart C6100 Series", by Hewlett
Packard (a printer), at http://192.168.102.11/.

Then there is an icon of a flat screen monitor in front of a globe labeled,
SpeedStream router. Properties fails, stating that this device is not on the
network (I should hope so!) I know this to be the SpeedStream 4100 DSL
modem, which is on the far side of the D-Link router. A rather useless icon,
but interesting.

The DVD player icon, oddly, points to a local SD flash memory chip, and the
folder icon points to a locally shared folder.

"The Internet" contains networked folder icons identifying assorted shared
folders on three computers on the network.

Double clicking on the media server, printer and router icons opens up a tab
in Opera pointing to the media server contents page, printer control panel,
and router control panel, respectively. Double clicking on the folder opens
the folder. For some reason, double clicking the DVD icon opens a Windows
Explorer page which is not populated with content. Double clicking on the
modem icon errors out (the modem is actually at http://192.168.0.1/, and
outside of the scope of the LAN, so I would not expect the double click to
succeed).

All in all, just another way to access networked resources.
 

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