How to Connect Ubuntu to Windows With a Crossover Cable

By Andrea Helaine

A crossover cable is used to connect two network cards directly without the need to use a hub or switch. Ubuntu is a Linux distribution; its ease of use and good support make it popular with beginners and power users alike. You can use a crossover cable to use the Ubuntu as a server for testing networking software on your Ubuntu server. You will have to configure the IP address manually in order for the two computers to communicate with each other.


Step 1

Connect the crossover cable to the network port of both the Ubuntu and the Windows computers.

Step 2

Go to the "Start" menu and type "netcpl.cpl" in the "Run" or "search programs and files" field and press "Enter."

Step 3

Right-click on "Local Network connection" and select "Properties."

Step 4

Select "TCP/IP V4" and click "Properties."

Step 5

Select "Use the following IP address" and enter in the "IP address" field.

Step 6

Click on the "Subnet mask" field to fill it automatically. Click "OK."


Step 1

Press "CTRL + ALT + F1" to open a terminal.

Step 2

Type "sudo ifconfig eth0 netmask up" and press "Enter."

Step 3

Type your password and press "Enter."

Step 4

Press "CTRL + ALT + F7" to go back to the graphical interface.

Tips & Warnings

  • The command line in Ubuntu does not depend on your window manager and will work with Kubuntu, Ubuntu and other Ubuntu derivatives.
  • You do not need to configure the gateway or the DNS to connect two computers using a crossover cable.