[sclug] Linking an XP box and Debian box via router

Alex Butcher lug at assursys.co.uk
Sat Jul 2 07:25:13 UTC 2011

On Fri, 1 Jul 2011, Neil Haughton wrote:

> Small problem here: I have a WinXP box (wifey's) and my debian box both
> hooked up to a router-modem, so we can both access t'internet. That bit
> works okay.
> Now we want to move files between them, and also allow the XP box to access
> the printer attached to my Debian box. Should be simple but it won't work. I
> can ping WinXP -> debian  but not debian -> WinXP. Nor can my Deb box see
> shared folders on the XP box, although I have Samba installed. I have
> checked that the router shows both machines are attached.
> I am probably being a numpty but my hair is silver and I'm getting slow :-(
> and I have obviously missed something vital - can anyone suggest what that
> missing link might be?
> I ought to mention that neither box has its own firewall running - that job
> is delegated to the router.

My money's on mismatched network masks. Double check those on both Debian
and XP machines, and your router.

> Neil.


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