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How to set up a LAN for gaming (Quake)

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    I have some PCs set up in a peer-to-peer network at home.
          -PC with XP Pro, connected to the wireless router through a cable.
          -PC with XP Home, connected to the wireless router through a cable.
          -Laptop with Vista Ulitmate, connected wirelessly.
     The PC with XP Pro has Quake III installed on it. How can I set it up so all 3 systems can play a multiplayer Quake III game?
     Is it true that the game would only need to be installed on 1 PC and that I would not need to install it on any of the other PCs?
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> Is it true that the game would only need to be installed on 1 PC and that
> I would not need to install it on any of the other PCs?

I know with all versions of Doom it had to be installed on each machine. Isn't Quake made by id, also?
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I don't find anywhere that says Quake doesn't need to be installed on all of them. For playing across a network, all players need to connect to one computer that acts as the server, though.  Maybe that's what you're referring to?

What version of Quake, btw?
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You have two options, you could have one computer act as a dedicated server which would allow the other computers to connect to it so they can play, but the dedicated server cannot be used for playing.  Your other option would be to host a game (non-dedicated) from one of the computers that the others could join which would allow all the computers to play but playing from the host computer could be taxing on all machines if its not beefed up enough to where it can host and play at the same time.  In any of the cases each machine would have to have a copy of Quake 3 installed in order to play.

Let me know if this helps or if you need more detail.
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