[ubuntu-za] Peer to peer LAN

Morgan Collett morgan at ubuntu.com
Tue Apr 6 13:55:52 BST 2010

On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 01:12, Robin Bownes <robin at ncedatrust.org.za> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I've been running a little peer to peer (workgroup) network in our home
> office with 2 Karmic notebooks and a Windows PC using Samba. The Windows PC
> was convenient/necessary due to our Epson printer (only later found the
> Ubuntu Epson cartridge feedback info app) and our NeoTel Internet
> connection. However, we are shortly going to be changing to ADSL, and as
> intimated above, I've found an app that should tell us which cartridge is
> empty, rather than just not printing when one is. This means that we can get
> rid of the Windows PC.

I presume you're using mtink for the Epson ink levels? I used that a
couple of years ago but don't have an Epson any more...

> My question is this - Is it worth setting up the LAN (we will add another
> Karmic PC) (part wireless, part wired) without Samba. If so, what are the
> other options? Preferably simple ones.
> Please be step by step and don't assume much knowledge on my part. I'd
> really appreciate any suggestions.

You can easily access files on other local Ubuntu machines through ssh
in Nautilus. In your places menu, click on Connect to Server... and
specify it as SSH not FTP. Give the IP address or hostname if you have
that set up, and the username - you don't need the port number. Create
a bookmark, and you can easily reconnect to the machine through the
Places menu. You can create bookmarks to specific paths on the
destination machine so that you always go straight to that path on the
remote machine.


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