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Old 11-16-2016, 10:31 AM   #1
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Lost Connection Ubuntu Connect to Server - Can No Longer See Windows Box


I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 on one machine and Windows 10 on another.

Working from Ubuntu, I was originally able to share files with Windows via "Browse Network". For some reason that stopped working (it has worked 'out of the box').

No problem. I could use "Connect to Server". Enter the internal URL of Windows, Workgroup Name and password. Voila.

I also have a USB printer plugged into Windows and had been able to print from Ubuntu.

Then I changed routers. At first Windows was set on wireless and Ubuntu on cable. Now both on cable ethernet connection.

From Ubuntu, trying to connect to server gets me, Oops! Something went wrong. Unable to retrieve file. No route to host.

The printer also stopped working from Ubuntu.

Relevant Windows folders permissions have always given full control to Everyone and still do.

Someone suggested mapping a port to an internal address, but I never did that originally. Everything worked out of the box on Ubuntu once I set up permissions on Windows and made a Workgroup with a password. Ubuntu just picked it all up. Also, mapping would be complicated as the router re-assigns internal network addresses with every reboot - depending on which machine boots first and whether the smart phone is on the network at the time.

I set up the wireless netork exactly as it was on the old router. However I noticed that the ethernet cable connection appears on Windows with a different name. Ubuntu just calls it "ethernet".

Anybody have an idea what happened and how to fix it?

Any help much appreciated. Thanks.

Last edited by Ingla; 11-16-2016 at 10:37 AM.
Old 11-16-2016, 10:52 AM   #2
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No route to host. Have you considered assigning static addresses to your computers?
Old 11-16-2016, 03:20 PM   #3
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Problem solved. Getting Ubuntu to look for the right IP did it. The printer was also looking for the wrong IP and can't be changed as easily. Static IP makes that much easier. Thanks.


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