Figure You can navigate into discovered PCs to see which shared resources are available

♦ Media devices: This includes digital media-oriented hardware devices, such as Xbox 360 video game consoles, Media Center Extenders, and other digital media receivers, as well as any shared media libraries on Windows-based PCs. Each of these items behaves a bit differently. For example, if you click a shared media library, Windows Media Player 11 will load and display the shared library. Doubleclick a Media Center Extender and Windows Media Center will launch, enabling you to configure connectivity between the two. And if you double-click an Xbox 360 or other digital media receiver, Windows Media Player will launch and present its Media Sharing interface so you can configure sharing with that device.

♦ Network infrastructure: Your broadband router will show up here as long as it's compatible with modern networking technologies such as Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). Double-clicking this icon usually loads the device's Web-based management console, which varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

♦ Other devices: When Network Explorer detects other network devices but can't correctly identify them, it places them in the Other Devices category and provides a generic icon. Windows Home Server (Chapter 10) causes such an icon to appear, for example. Double-clicking one of these icons triggers a UPnP event which, in the case of Windows Home Server, launches IE and displays the server's Web-based welcome page.

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