Setup LAN Connection to Connect Between Windows 8 & Ubuntu Systems

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In this article, we are going to learn how to setup a LAN connection to connect between two different computers, one having Windows 7 Operating System and another having Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Operating System (debian linux) – by Peer to Peer (P2P) Network. If one machine have 32 bit and another with 64 bit, it won’t be matter as its has been fully tested by me. To make a LAN connection between two computers, its recommended to use a crossover cable as come older Network Interface Cards (NIC) doesn’t support straight cable if two computers are directly connected through it.

What we need

  • Two computers with Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.04 operating system respectively (or vice-versa)
  • A crossover LAN cable

On computer 1

  1. Go to properties of This PC (Win+Pause) > Advanced system settings > Computer Name tab.
  2. Press the Change button.
  3. Let’s name it PC1, choose Member of to WORKGROUP and press OK and restart computer.

    Computer Name and Workgroup on PC1
    Computer Name and Workgroup on – Windows 8 PC1
  4. Go to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change Adapter Settings > open properties of the LAN adapter.
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) > click on Properties > select Use the following IP address
  6. Set IP address:, Subnet mask:, Default gateway: blank, DNS: blank

    LAN IP Configuration on PC1
    Computer Name and Workgroup on – Windows 8 PC1
  7. Press OK.

HomeGroup & File and Printer sharing settings

HomeGroup Settings

  1. Open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center >View your active networks > Note the network profile (below the network name).

    Network and Sharing Center
    Windows 8 – Network and Sharing Center
  2. Open Control Panel > HomeGroup > Change advanced sharing settings… > Choose the network profile.
  3. Select Turn on/off network discovery as required.
  4. Select Turn on file and printer sharing.
  5. Open All Networks.
  6. Select Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in the public folders.
  7. Select Turn on/off password protected sharing as required.

    HomGroup Settings
    Windows 8 – HomGroup Settings
  8. Press Save changes button.

On computer 2

  1. To change computer’s name, open Terminal (Alt+CTRL+T) > type sudo gedit /etc/hostname > change the current name to PC2 > Save (CTRL+S) and close the gedit > restart the computer.
  2. Now again open Terminal > type sudo gedit /etc/hosts in the terminal and change the second line as below > save and close.              localhost              PC2

  1. To change WORKGROUP, open Terminal (Alt+CTRL+T) > type sudo gedit /etc/samba/smb.conf > set worgroup = WROKGROUP under Global Settings.
  2. Go to System Settings > Network > Wired > Options > IPv4 Settings > Method: Manual > press Add button.
  3. Set Address:, Netmask:, Gateway: blank > press Save…
LAN IP Configuration on Ubuntu 12 PC2
LAN IP Configuration on Ubuntu 12 PC2

File and Printer sharing settings on both computers

File sharing

  1. To share files and directories, we need package Samba installed.
  2. To install Samba, Open Terminal (Alt+CTRL+T) >type sudo apt-get update > hit enter.
  3. Now type sudo apt-get install samba (needs internet else install manually using dpkg command).
  4. To share, right click on any directory that we want to share > Sharing Options > Check Share this folder.
  5. To allow read-write access check Allow others to create and delete… option.
  6. To allow guest access check Guest access option.
  7. Press Create Share button.
  8. The shared folder will be visible to opposite computer’s Files > Browse Network.

Printer Sharing

  1. Open System Settings > Printers > right click on the printer > check Shared.

Please check the parent article for more information on computer networking:

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