Setting Up Samba with a LinkSYS Cable Router

Robert Styma stymar at
Tue Sep 18 06:45:05 GMT 2001

Hello Joel,
   I use the Linksys BEFSR41 at home to connect PC's to each other
and also a Sun Solaris box running Samba.  I agree with the previous
poster that for a small network, static addresses are easier to deal
with.  DHCP really has advantages when you have hundreds of PC and several
subnets a people are changing offices on a regular basis.  On my private
network the static address seem to have more trouble.
   The connection refused is quite possibly the key.  Normally, the
"Connection Refused" message means that the linux box is not listening
on the port.  It could mean that you are using tcp wrappers or the 
hosts allow and deny in samba, but that usually results in a connection
closed.  Try some other apps from the PC such as ping, telnet, and ftp
to connect to the linux box.  In the HTML book supplied with samba
gives pretty good tests to track down the problem.
/usr/local/samba/swat/using_samba/ch09_03.html  is where this can be found.

> Gary Stanton wrote:
> I can not get my linux server to show up in my network neighborhood in
> windows98.  I am using a LINKSYS cable router to network two pcs together.  I
> know my network is working fine because I can connect from one windows pc to
> another but not to the linux box.
> I think the problem has something to do with the router be a DHCP server.  I
> don't think I am setting up some of the ip addresses or names correctly to
> allow the machines to talk to one another.
> Has anyone had any experience connecting a linux and windows pc using LINKSYS
> DSL/CABLE ROUTER??  If so,  maybe you could tell me what I may need to do.
> Also, when I run "smbclient -L localhost" I get a connection refused and
> connection to local host failed after it says what addresses it has added.
> Thanks for your help!

Robert E. Styma 
Principal Engineer
AG Communication Systems, Phoenix - A subsidiary of Lucent
Email: stymar at
Phone: 623-582-7323
FAX:   623-581-4884

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