Also, trailing slashes in a path only denote that the path is, in fact, a directory (as opposed to another file type). Try "cd /home" and "cd /home/". Same result (you end up in /home). "/" is the name of a directory (the root directory). Therefore, putting a slash after it is just like (redundantly) saying that "/" is, in fact, a directory.
If you're trying to get to a networked path, you'll want to use the distributions SMB/Samba network browser. There, you can enter a path like "//computer/sharedirectory/file", and it will take you to the expected location. You can also do this using smbmount or "mount -t cifs" like this:
mount -t cifs //computer/sharedirectory/ /place/you/want/to/mount/it/
As mentioned above, in order to type a backslash, "\" on the command line and have it actually actlike punctuation, rather than escape character, you need to type two of them for each backslash you actually want to use, like this:
mount -t cifs \\\\computer\\sharedirectory\\ /place/you/want/to/mount/it/
(If I recall correctly.)
NOTE: The character mentioned in your original post, "/", is NOT a backslash. It is a forward slash (the one on the "?" key, on a QWERTY keyboard). A forward slash, "/", is used in Linux to denote directories, and is not an escape character, although it does have special meaning (namely to denote directories), and thus can BE escaped using a backslash, "\". You do not have to put more than one forward slash to denote a directory or sub-directory. Thus, the following is how to denote a directory/sub-directory:
The slash at the far right is optional.
A backslash, "\", on the other hand, IS an escape character, and also has special meaning (which means that it can be escaped by another backslash). The backslash is on the same key as the pipe, "|", and is usually next to or under the BACKSPACE key.
In the examples above, corrected, "\
" is a literal space, "\
]" are literal brackets, and "\\
" is a literal backslash
. A literal forward slash is written, simply, "/". (Examples taken from post #3 by David the H.)