Base communication link failure

I get a communication link failure when trying to access MySQL from a network computer using Base 6.2.4. I’ve seen many other answers to this but it is all greek to me.
I’ve disabled my firewall completely to no avail (I’ll add that I can access the host computer’s folders but I cannot ping the host computer).
What can I do?

Forgot to add, using Base with JDBC

@Jody, please provide the complete error message you get.
Additionally, can you actually access the mysql database from the command line or some other tool ? Just because you can see the host computer’s folders doesn’t necessarily mean that the mysql server is accepting connections from outside of the machine it is on.

I get
Communication Link Error
The last packet sent successfully was 0 milliseconds ago. The driver has not received any packets from the server.
SQL Status 08S01

The problem was fixed. In my language I think it was a Code 12 problem (the problem was 12 inches from the screen).
I checked my Firewall this morning and didn’t see any entry for MySQL (3306). I am more than sure it was configured when I installed MySQL Server and sure I saw it in the list yesterday. This morning it didn’t the server didn’t appear in the firewall exceptions and after adding it, bingo, connection was successful.

This was a firewall issue.
I could swear I saw an entry in my firewall exceptions yesterday and I could swear an exception was created when I installed MySQL server. Apparently it wasn’t. After adding an exception on port 3306 all is well