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Networking So Two Computers Can Play Multiplayer Game Needed Items?


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#1 cowsgonemadd3

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 10:20 PM

I have several games that are multiplayer. Well I have never played them because I dont have DSL so I cant.

Can I hook up a network of some sort so I can play the same game on two computers in my house?

Do I just need a network cable or what?

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 11:53 PM

All you need is a good network cable (and card). Just a word of caution, though. Be sure both computers are using the same version of the game and have the same patches installed. I found EE is the easiest to set up, but had a lot of minor problems with C&C Yuri's Revenge until I got the two in sync.
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Posted 26 October 2006 - 03:33 PM

My laptop has ethernet built in and so does my pc for the cable. What is a card for?

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 03:28 PM

I have to have a network card in both computers and a network cable right?
And the game "multiplayer" controls will find each computer just like that?

I was planning on getting empire earth 2 and age of empires 3 among several other games.

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 04:29 PM

You will need to have a crossover cable between the two computers for them to see eachother. Then you will need to assign an ip address and make sure they are in the same IP range plus have the same subnet mask.

E.G. : 192.168.1.1/24 (255.255.255.0) and 192.168.1.2/24 (255.255.255.0)

Then once you have set that up just ping that ip address of the other machine from each computer to see if they see each other. If you get a reply then you have configured it correctly. Then load up your games and try connect to eachother, if you can't see eachother check the network options in the game and see if they are set correctly.

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 11:57 PM

I thought you needed a NIC card? And a ethernet cable?
Crossover card as in usb data transfer kits?

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 01:01 AM

Each computer needs an Ethernet port-- it can be built-in or you can add a Network Interface Card (NIC) into a PCI slot in the computer.

The crossover cable is a CAT5 ether cable that is wired specifically to connect two computers, otherwise you would need two regular CAT5 cables and a router, hub, or switch in between.
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Posted 02 November 2006 - 10:52 AM

Both my laptop and my desktop have ethernet ports built in.
I will look for a crossover cable now. Thanks

Is this what I need?
http://cgi.ebay.com/15-Foot-Cat5E-Networki...1QQcmdZViewItem

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 11:59 AM

I'm a little confused. I need cat 5 cable right?
Can I get the better cat5e cable instead?
Now it has to be CROSSOVER cable right? Not just a cat5e ethernet cable but a crossover cable?
What is the difference between regular ethernet cat5e and crossover type?
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 01:38 PM

The difference is where the wires go. In a regular cable the wires go straight from one connector to the other. With a crossover cable, the wires "crossover" so that the proper one's connect the correct input and output wires on each PC.
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 03:51 PM

Okay then I will get a cat5e crossover cable like the one I linked to on ebay there. Its only 4 bucks. Radioshack wants like 20 or more.

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 09:30 PM

Is there a way to load a saved multiplayer game in Empire Earth if you arent on the same network? We both have the game saved but we cant find out how to both load it to continue it.

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 02:24 PM

Normally I wipe out the other players before needing to save and resume a game (yeah, SURE, John), but my manual seems to say that you have to be the host and then load it on the Game Setup screen by selecting the appropriate game type in game options. The problem might be a conflict caused by both of you saving the game.
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