View Full Version : [ubuntu] networking basics - where to begin?

September 22nd, 2009, 03:00 PM
Hi all,

I have two Ubuntu machines [one desktop and one laptop] and also a EEE with the original Xandros on it. The desktop is connected to the router by cat5; the two laptops connect to the same router by WIFI. So far so good, they can all see the internet ok.

I want to be able to get the 3 machines talking to each other - to see files on the other machines and move files to/from etc. Also, I'd like to be able to stream from the desktop to either of the laptops.

Oh, and there's a printer connected by USB to the desktop; I'd like to be able to print from either of the laptops too...

Fairly simple, yes?

I haven't been able to find anything yet.
I've looked through the menus, there's nothing obvious.
I did some searching here and on Google but all I've found is some stuff on getting Ubuntu to talk to Windoze shares.

Can anyone please point me to a howto or something to get me started?


September 22nd, 2009, 03:09 PM
Follow the information for using the windows shares. All it does is use samba and the smb/cifs network protocol to connect the two computers. You will have to have samba installed to serve a share and smbclient installed to view other shares. Just use the Settings->Administration->Shared Folders program to set up the shared folder.

September 22nd, 2009, 04:13 PM
Read this: https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/internet/C/networking.html

Might provide some ideas!

September 23rd, 2009, 02:15 AM
Though Samba is certainly an option, for a Linux-only network, you have other options for file sharing. Probably the easiest way to get several links in one place is to have you check dmizer (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=7979230&postcount=151)'s signature and mention SSH(FS) (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SSHFS).