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i was tryin to connect my ubuntu toshiba satalite L650 laptop with my desktop via a network cable so that i can share things and remotely control the desktop from the laptop, i googled the problem out and found a guide page , i followed all the steps , i installed samba, i had the two computer have the same workgroup name , i had everything correct, but i still dont see connection estbalished between the two computers, (neither one is visible to the other) what is missing ? thanx in advance.

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Are you connecting the 2 computers directly with a single cable or through a switch/router? – lgarzo Apr 2 '12 at 8:36
directly (single cable) – VeXe Apr 2 '12 at 8:48
Is this a cross-link (crossover) cable? – lgarzo Apr 2 '12 at 9:54
i think its a RJ45 cable (its blue) – VeXe Apr 2 '12 at 10:20
See my answer on crossover cable or an alternative solution with using a switch. – lgarzo Apr 2 '12 at 10:32
up vote 2 down vote accepted

This link will help u go through these references :

What is the easiest method to share files between Windows and Ubuntu?

How to setup a LAN between Ubuntu and Windows

Sharing Internet

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directly with a single cable – VeXe Apr 2 '12 at 8:47
@Vexe is this answer is helpful 2 u or your problem get slove – twister_void Apr 2 '12 at 8:48

You need a crossover cable to connect 2 machines directly (without a router/switch/hub).

Crossover cables are usually marked with a label and/or have red connectors, but it is not a standard. The best way to determine is to compare the wiring colours at the connectors. If they seem to match it is a straight through cable.

Crossover cable

Crossover cable

Alternatively you can use a switch/hub/router and another cable to connect the machines into a network. In this case you'll need 2 normal cables and a eg. switch:

[ Machine 1 ]-----[ Switch ]-----[ Machine 2 ]
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Modern ethernet cables don't require to be crossover cable for connecting two same type of device. – Web-E Apr 2 '12 at 10:38
@Web-E To be exact it is „modern interfaces” (the cables are basically the same). But anyway true if the LAN ports in the machines do support Auto-MDIX. Switches usually have this feature, so they are not sensitive to cable wiring. I'd suggest to either try to use a CO cable or connect through a switch to see if it makes any difference. – lgarzo Apr 2 '12 at 10:58

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