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Old 01-09-2009, 10:09 PM   #1
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Ubuntu 8.04 in mixed Mac & Windows network Internet access but no access to network.


I have a small network: a Macbook – 10.5 Leopard, a Dell 8300 running XP Pro and a Dell GX150 running Ubuntu 8.04.

The network is based around an Apple Airport Extreme base station. The Dells connect by wired Ethernet 10/100 on Cat 6 cable. The Macbook is 802.11.n. The Airport has 4 x1000/100/10 ports and 802.11.n. It also has a USB 2.0 port. The ADSL modem is external.

Two hard drives and a Brother laser MFC (printer/scanner/fax) are connected to the Airport, the drives by USB and the MFC by Cat 6 cable. There is an external switch to allow for the additional connections beyond the 4 built in to the Airport.

All data storage is on the drives attached to the Airport so the computers do not need to talk to each other. The Macbook and the XP machine work seamlessly with the network and access data and printing and scanning functions without a problem.

The Linux machine has access to the Internet via the switch which is connected to the Airport Base Station that in turn is connected to the Internet via the modem.

In Ubuntu there is a tab “Places” that has a sub-menu “Network” which has a further sub-menu , “Network Servers” that shows an icon “Windows Networks”. When I click on the icon nothing happens.

I have tried for several weeks to find instructions on how to set up the Ubuntu machine on the network but I cannot find anything. What I want to do is to have access from the Linux machine to the two drives attached to the Airport Base Station and to be able to print and ideally to scan from the MFC.

From “Network places on the XP machine I can see only the Airport Base Station and the attached drives. The MFC is also available.

Can someone help me to find a step by step guide to making the network visible? Clearly the wire connection is working as access to the Internet, from the Linux machine, is flawless.

Thank you.

Last edited by traveller7; 01-09-2009 at 10:15 PM.
Old 01-10-2009, 07:53 PM   #2
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Do you have Samba installed and properly configured?



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