make sure that:
- your firewall is open on the port you're using, on both machines.
- your user is set up to allow connections from other machines

I wouldn't use root, regardless of it being at home or anywhere else. Why don't 
you set up a new user, allow it to be used from anywhere, and give it the 
permissions you need it to have?

If that doesn't work, why don't you look up the connection error in google, or 
paste it here? The number of the error code usually leads to where the error 
comes from.


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