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My server IP address starts with 128.xxx.xxx.xxx and my laptop gets its address as a DHCP and is of the for 10.254.xxx.xxx I configured the server to look for my laptop and when I start the server it give a message that it is listening. I configured the client on the laptop to connect to the server and when I apply the settings it prints the message: connecting to '128.xxx.xxx.xxx' followed the the failed to connect message in the title.

How do I fix this?

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I've seen this problem before and it was unrelated to the error message displayed - something was blocking the port. Try disabling all firewalls and check if something else is listening on needed port (probably not since you got the server to bind a socket correctly).

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