Sometimes when I have the LAN working, and I look at Network Connections, I can see the hard drives which are simply labeled Disk 1 and Disk 2. Remember, the HDs are not connected directly to the router. I have them connected to a Linksys NSLU2 network storage link. Then the NSLU2 is connected to the router.
So........when I just disabled the wireless and plugged the LAN back in, I went to Network Places as requested.
There I saw Local Area Network, under which was shown the Dell router and the Linksys storage link. No hard drives were shown there.
When I clicked on the Linksys icon, it just took me to the admin page. When I clicked on the router icon, it took me to the router admin page.
I checked the router IP addresses and found the router is 192.168.2.1, the laptop is 192.168.2.3, and the Linksys unit is 192.168.2.6.