Setup LAN Connection to Connect Between Windows XP & 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 XO and Ubuntu 12.04 operating system respectively (or vice-versa)
  • A crossover LAN cable

On computer 1

  1. Go to properties of My Computer (Win+Pause) > 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 Windows XP PC1
    Computer Name and Workgroup on Windows XP – PC1
  4. Go to Control Panel > Network Connections > open properties of LAN adapter.
  5. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) > click on Properties > select Use the following IP address
  6. Set IP address: 192.168.0.1, Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0, Default gateway: blank, DNS: blank

    LAN IP Configuration on PC1
    LAN IP Configuration on Windows XP – PC1
  7. Press OK.

File and Printer sharing settings

File sharing

  1. Go to Control Panel > Network Connections > open properties of LAN adapter.
  2. Check File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks > press OK.
  3. Right click on any folder or drive that we want to share > click on Sharing and Security…
  4. If sharing a drive click on ‘if you understand the risk…drive, click here’ message additionally.
  5. Check Share this folder on the network, additionally check Allow network users to change my files for read-write access and press OK.
  6. The shared drive/folder will be visible to opposite computer’s My Network Places.

Printer Sharing

  1. Open Start menu > Printer and Faxes > Select printer and right click > sharing.
  2. Select Share this printer > press OK.
  3. The shared printer will be visible to opposite computer’s My Network Places.
File and Printer Sharing on both machines
File and Printer Sharing on – both machines

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.

127.0.0.1              localhost

127.0.0.1              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: 192.168.0.2, Netmask: 255.255.255.0, 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: http://w3epic.com/connect-win-xp-win-7-win-8-server-2008-ubuntu-with-each-others

Need help, just leave a comment – I’ll be back to you.

Thanks.

2 thoughts on “Setup LAN Connection to Connect Between Windows XP & Ubuntu Systems

  1. the instructions are not easy to follow for those who are not gurus of the tech part, but otherwise are very useful.

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