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Old 11-12-2016, 02:46 AM   #1
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cannot connect with Windows PC from Linux Mint 18 _ sarah

I cannot connect my windows pc form Linux mint 18 through network manager. windows is not detected under linux network.
following packages are installed in my linux system :


I installed and used :

1) Filezilla
2) Network manager

Both remain unsuccessful.

finally I got success on using :

1) connect to server option after putting my LAN ip

I want to know why I could not get success in trying out using the simple linux networking diagnostic options ?............. any clarification friends ? pls, let me know.

thanx in advance.
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What version of Windows are you using?

Here are a few general statements.

For file sharing, you need to establish a share on the Windows machine. Do not use Windows "Homegroup" sharing; it only works with MS devices. Use what MS misleadingly calls "simple sharing." You can do this in Windows Explorer by right-clicking on a directory name and going to properties; sharing should be one of the tabs.

Make sure the appropriate incoming TCP/IP ports are open in the target machine's firewall.

To connect from Linux to a shared folder on Windows, you need to have samba-client. Samba server is necessary only if you want to share a directory from your Linux machine.

Similarly, ssh server is needed for incoming ssh connections, not for outgoing one. There is an ssh client program for Windows called PuTTY. At their webpage, they also offer an ssh server program for Windows called Bitvise, but I've never used that:

Here's an article on the topic. It refers to Windows 8.x, but the principles are the same.

It would help if you would tell us a bit about what you've tried and what the results were; without narration, the pictures do not communicate much. If you haven't already done so, you might want to read this:


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