Assume I have 2 Ubuntu computer, and I will call:


I am using the Computer1 to access into Computer2 by using this command in the terminal: "ssh -v phucnguyen@" and type password to access into Computer2. These things are easily done with internet connection.

Can I do similar those step without internet connection?

I do not how, but I believe we can do that, because I have done it before in the Windows OS. We have the "Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter" which is using as the router.

When "Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter" turn on, any device such as: phone, laptop,... can see network name of it and connect it by using password, even putty or ssh (with knowing IP address), you can look at this link for further infomation: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-networking/what-is-microsoft-virtual-wifi-miniport-adapter/78a96f27-ae98-42e1-891d-e8651cd99748

If that router have no connection, but the option "Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter" still on, we can use putty or ssh access into computer and control it.I mean 2 Ubuntu computers is possible communicate via ssh without using internet.

Do we have any option similar in the Ubuntu machine?


You do not need "internet" to ssh into another computer, however both machines must be on the same LAN/vlan or at least connected to the same switch/router, even if that switch/router has no WAN(internet) connection.

Edit: a crossover cable can be used to directly connect the two computers together, you would have to set a static ip on both machines. Most newer computers with 1000baset nics can achieve the same thing using a straight through cable as opposed to a crossover cable

The configuration can be done through the network manager. Make sure your ethernet port is enabled by clicking the network manager icon and "enable networking"

  1. Click the network manager in the upper right hand side of the top bar
  2. Edit connections
  3. Add Connection
  4. Choose ethernet as the connection type.
  5. Choose your device under the Ethernet Tab (eth0, or in my case, enp0s3)
  6. Now under the IPv4 settings tab, change the method to manual
  7. Under Addresses select "Add"
  8. Set the Address and Netmask. Which in your case would be Address: Netmask (This is computer one, you would follow the same steps on computer two with a different address)
  9. After doing this on both machines See if you can ping the other computer.


If it responds then everything is working.

Another way to do this is with the command line (assuming your ethernet interface is eth0)

sudo ifconfig eth0 netmask up

on computer 2

sudo ifconfig eth0 netmask up

Then results of ifconfig for computer 1

eth0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
    inet  netmask  broadcast
    inet6 fe80::59a0:5059:3115:bc2d  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>
    ether 08:00:27:2a:98:ab  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
    RX packets 1982  bytes 2355318 (2.3 MB)
    RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
    TX packets 391  bytes 49278 (49.2 KB)
    TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0
  • I bring 2 computers into desert for example. There are no internet, nothing. And I do need internet, I just need 2 computer to communicate each other. Can 1 of those be set up as LAN or router? Apr 10 '17 at 16:10
  • You can use a crossover cable and connect the two computers together directly
    – nullmeta
    Apr 10 '17 at 16:50
  • It seems simple to me, but do I need to setup anything else, like I have to go into the system disable/enable any option? Apr 10 '17 at 17:54
  • The only thing to disable would be dhcp in /etc/network/interfaces and set both machines to a static IP address. Other than that there isn't anything else to enable/disable.
    – nullmeta
    Apr 10 '17 at 18:01
  • that should be more complicated, could you please provide more details? If possible, can you put in the the answer area, so I can put up vote for you. Apr 10 '17 at 18:03

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