As the title suggests, I have tried everything but cannot see my Desktop 14.04 Ubuntu Gnome box from my laptop running the same distro, and vice versa. However, I CAN see my laptop samba shares from my Android phone using ES File Explorer.

Please do not suggest NFS or SSH or SFTP or SSHFS, as I have windows devices that occasionally connect, and I would rather get this thing up and running using Samba.

I should also mention that the router I use is a D Link DSL-2750 U and I can access the internet on both eth0 and wlan0. The problem arises when I try to ping the laptop locally (192.168.--) It fails when I do it from the desktop, and vice versa.

So basically my ethernet-connected desktop cannot see/ping my laptop, but my phone which is on the same wireless network as my desktop can.

I've tried everything I can including configuring the router, and going to factory settings. But I cannot for the life of me seem to fix this seemingly silly problem.

ANY help would be appreciated.

  • have you tried editing /etc/samba/smb.conf – Rohit Karadkar Dec 29 '14 at 8:53
  • I have, I've changed Samba settings on both ends a million times. I think the problem is with my hardware (router) or the software configuration that controls it. ES can access my laptop over WiFi, after all. – David de Lima Dec 29 '14 at 8:58

Try the below command and check whether you are able to configure samba,

sudo apt-get install system-config-samba
  • Hi! I did this. I'm beginning to think it's because my laptop is on WiFi and my desktop uses LAN. Because when I reset my Samba file on both laptop and PC, and connected both to the same router using LAN cables, they found each other. – David de Lima Dec 29 '14 at 10:25
  • Interestingly, my WiFi and LAN are on the same subnet, onwards. The PC uses a MAC-reserved .50 address and the laptop has a .51 MAC-reserved address. My router does not allow using a different subnet for WiFi and LAN so I guess there's no way of fixing this. (IF a subnet-related fix were possible) – David de Lima Dec 29 '14 at 10:28
  • Here is my nmap result when I try to find my LAN connected desktop from my WLAN connected laptop. nmap -Pn Starting Nmap 6.40 ( nmap.org ) at 2014-12-30 10:04 IST Nmap scan report for DFAIENCE ( Host is up (0.082s latency). All 1000 scanned ports on ******** ( are filtered Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 14.05 seconds – David de Lima Dec 30 '14 at 4:41

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