Solved Network Infastructure suddenly disappears with no apparent cause for it

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Hey there. So basically, my router suddenly stopped appearing under network infrastructure for no apparent reason. I installed all the latest firmware/updates, reverted back, etc. I don't have access to the router's page through the default gateway/ip since the network's owner refuses to give it to me. I enabled all necessary services. This never happened before and it was working fine yesterday with no issues. Router is a Huawei brand router for reference. I've surfed online and tried all possible methods such as restarting everything, tinkering with the firewall, etc. Please help as this method of accessing the router is the only way I can port forward. Thanks in advance (let me know if you need screenshots or more information)
 
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What about other devices connected to router can they connect to router?

Try power cycle router to see issue resolves.

  1. Step 1: Unplug the modem and router from the power outlet.
  2. Step 2: Wait at least 15 seconds.
  3. Step 3: Plug the modem back into the power outlet first, wait 1-2 minutes, then it's time to power on the router.



Have you reset the router, but this will restore factory settings of the router.

  1. Locate the Reset button on the back of your router.
  2. With the router powered on, use the pointed end of a paperclip or similar object to press and hold the Reset button for 15 seconds.
  3. Wait for the router to fully reset and power back on.
 

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What about other devices connected to router can they connect to router?

Try power cycle router to see issue resolves.

  1. Step 1: Unplug the modem and router from the power outlet.
  2. Step 2: Wait at least 15 seconds.
  3. Step 3: Plug the modem back into the power outlet first, wait 1-2 minutes, then it's time to power on the router.



Have you reset the router, but this will restore factory settings of the router.

  1. Locate the Reset button on the back of your router.
  2. With the router powered on, use the pointed end of a paperclip or similar object to press and hold the Reset button for 15 seconds.
  3. Wait for the router to fully reset and power back on.
Thanks for the reply

I have already tried restarting the router, waiting about 5 minutes before starting it up again, but to no avail. As for resetting the router, I definitely would've done so had I any permission from the owner of the network (a family member).
 

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Have you installed latest version of network card driver?
 

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Can you connect to router with Ethernet cable to make sure router have no problems.
 

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Can you connect to router with Ethernet cable to make sure router have no problems.
I unfortunately can't, the router is all the way at the living room and my room is far away, so none of my ethernet cables are long enough. From what I know however, the internet is fine. I just want the router to appear under "Network and Infrastructure" in the networks section, in file explorer, so I can port forward again
 

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Can you please post screenshot "Network and Infrastructure" window.
 

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Can you please post screenshot "Network and Infrastructure" window.
It now doesn't exist but I very well can provide a screenshot, here
 

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When you map a drive, Windows shows the network folder as a drive in the Network Location section of Windows Explorer.

Why do you need router to show itself in Network folder.

Also to port forward you need to configure router firewall that means you have to log in to router setup page.
 

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When you map a drive, Windows shows the network folder as a drive in the Network Location section of Windows Explorer.

Why do you need router to show itself in Network folder.

Also to port forward you need to configure router firewall that means you have to log in to router setup page.
For me, I would open ports by simply sending requests to my router through my pc, in that window, via accessing some simple router properties. I would right click the router, go to properties, and then settings, and open a new port.
 

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You can't port forward router like that only way to forward ports on your router, log into your router and go to the port forwarding section. Next, enter the port numbers and your device’s IP address. Choose a forwarding protocol and save your changes.
 

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You can't port forward router like that only way to forward ports on your router, log into your router and go to the port forwarding section. Next, enter the port numbers and your device’s IP address. Choose a forwarding protocol and save your changes.
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I usually see this (image is an example) when I go into the properties of my router through there. I just want to have access again.
 

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That is the first time i seen port foward option like that.



I've seen both, and none of the methods worked for me. My only other option is to revert to an older router firmware update, right? I certainly hope not but it seems likely.
 

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You can repair install Windows operating system to make sure it's not the cause of the problem.

Well I have some bad and good news. Bad news is, it didn't work. Good news is, I finally got access to the router itself. Sorry for putting you through all the unnecessary trouble, and thank you so much for helping me out in this situation! :)
 

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You are very welcome!
 

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