Samba & Win98 over phone line

Mike Brodbelt m.brodbelt at
Wed Oct 11 12:13:16 GMT 2000

Darryl Cook wrote:
> Hi guys,
> Is it possible to connect to a Unix box from Win98 over a phone line
> using Samba?  I can connect at work over the Ethernet line fine but with
> my laptop at home I cant connect to my local directories on the Unix
> box.  I can telnet or ftp to the Unix box fine but cant see the
> directories as a local directory in Windows?  Any ideas appreciated....

Yes, this is possible. However, the Network Neighbourhood, and other
things in windows networking are heavily dependent on network
broadcasts. While you are attached to your Ethernet, you are in the same
broadcast domain as the server - over a dial up connection, this is not
the case.

Your machine needs some way of doing NetBIOS name resolution - either
use a WINS server (you can make Samba a WINS server, which might be your
easiest fix), or judicious application of the lmhosts file could fix the



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