I have a device that I need to connect to over SSH. The device is connected to my workstation via a direct ethernet connection. I'm attempting to assign the connected device an IP address somehow that I can SSH to, however all of the guides I'm finding have the user configure the IP from whatever device they're working with (namely Raspberry Pi's and so on). This is not something I can do with this device as I've no physical interface to work with.
I've been recommended to setup a DHCP server on my workstation so it would take care of this for me, however I've no idea how to configure it and none of the guides I have followed have been helpful. With that approach, I seem to have been able to bind an IP to the interface the device is connected on, however SSHing to that IP just brings me back to my own machine.
So my main question is: How do I assign an IP address to a device directly connected to my computer via ethernet cable without having any kind of access to the device (no interface, keyboard, monitor, etc). If the answer is to set up a DHCP server on my machine, how do I properly configure this and get an IP I can SSH to?
For reference, I am using Ubuntu 16.04 with OpenSSH installed. The device is also running some flavor of Linux and has SSH software installed, but again there's no way to interact with it except through SSH. I also do not have access to my router, so plugging the device in there and letting the router do the work is not an option.