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Games over Home Network

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Hello.  I just set-up a home network using a router and am trying to figure out how two people can play a game together using the two computers.

Can you help me?
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Question by:veganman
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by:philby11
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If your home network is working (ie you can see into one pc from another) then it really depends on the games you are trying to play.
Most games that have a multiplayer mode will require the TCP/IP protocol installed & some will require IPX/SPX.
If you tell us what games it would make it easier.
Usually you simply select the multiplayer mode & either enter an IP address of the host or search for an active game.
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by:dgelinas
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Go to network places and see if you can see the other computer on the network.. If you can't then make sure the workgroup of each computer is the same.

Generally configuration is rather easy. I think both Linksys and NETGEAR have web based configuration of their routers, through a web browser.

After that, most often all you have to do to get the workstations working is set them to obtain an address via DHCP. Then just reboot and you should be on your way. Everyone would be able to access web/email/AIM/ICQ/MSN/games/midget porn at the same time.
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by:veganman
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This is great information and I will look into other games from your links.  I have a game from EGames called Mini Racing.  There is a Multiplayer option, but I can't find anything about networking.  I am thinking there is more to it than just sharing the game - wouldn't that just allow each of us to play the game on each PC without it being an interactive game?

Thanks for your patience with my ignorance.
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by:philby11
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The game must be installed on both PC's,
you must have a working network, have you ?

What sort of network are you using?
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by:veganman
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I have two PCs hooked up via router and I can share files and see them on the other computer.  Is that what you mean by a working network?
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sure is
start your game
select multiplayer
host a game on one machine
then on the other start the game
select multiplayer
join game or host IP
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by:LucF
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> I have a game from EGames called Mini Racing.
This game can't be played over a network, you should find games that can be played over a network.

> wouldn't that just allow each of us to play the game on each PC without it being an interactive game?
No, it will only make it able to play the game on both pc's, not playing together.

LucF
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