I own a NetGear draft-n 4 port router (WNR834?) and would like to play computer games against my son using our current wired network without having to run new wires to separate floors. My computer has XP Pro and my son uses XP Home. I'm looking at strategy types of games like Rise of Nations, Command and Conquer, etc.
I don't know how to set up my local network so that I can strictly play him and no have to go to some server someplace, espeically if I have to pay extra. Both computers are wired through the network so my plan was to use it to make connections and I have no problem buying 2 copies of the same game, one for each computer.
The optimal answer would also let my wife use her internet connection to do her business at the same time on one of the other wired lines. (Since this is not often I would have no problem occasionally shutting out the internet while we play against each other if ths is my only option.)
I'm also interested in making sure I can easily get back on the internet once the gaming is over without having to do complicated switching back and forth.
When people have LAN parties how do they setup their LAN networks?
Many games will have an option in the multiplayer selection to play over a network/Lan or internet connection. You would choose Network/lan. There are some games that are internet only that you would want to avoid - check box on games for details.
For a lan game you would not need to block off the internet. The game will only look for games locally.
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