Cannot make simple network connection between two Macs.

macasnak

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Feb 26, 2016
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Two Macs. Direct connection between both with ethernet cable.

File sharing switched on for both, Read and write permission on for all, SMB and AFP switched on.
Both systems can see each other on network. When go to connect, says cannot connect.

Any ideas why cannot connect? Are there any other outside issues that may be affecting connection?
 

jtara

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Mar 23, 2009
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Both systems can see each other on network. When go to connect, says cannot connect.
Whatever that means...

How do you know that both systems "can see each other on network"?

What do you mean "when go to connect"?
 

macasnak

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Feb 26, 2016
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Whatever that means...

How do you know that both systems "can see each other on network"?

What do you mean "when go to connect"?
I click 'Connect to Server. Then click Browse Network. The icons for each drive show up. Can see them. But when doubleclick to connect, it takes a while, then says Cannot connect.
 

Longkeg

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Jul 18, 2014
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So you took a standard Ethernet cable, plugged one end into one computer and the other end in the other computer? Years ago you needed something called (I think) a crossover cable to do this. Does anyone know is this still the case or can modern machines do the “crossover” natively now?