LAN Gaming Issues


Z

ZeroSP

Ive been having plenty of problems getting my computers to LAN together
properly to play LAN games.

I have 2 XP computers and 2 Vista laptops. I am reasonably experienced with
networking and have setup the IP addresses, etc myself. The computers are in
the same IP range, they are 'pingable' and can share internet access- A modem
is attached to an XP computer which allows shared internet with the others.
Computers are connected with a switch.

However, I have problems playing LAN games between the computers. The XP
computers connect immediately to each other, however the Vista ones are
giving me big problems. I have allowed access for the exe files and necessary
ports through Vista's windows firewall.

For Civlization IV I can only connect the games using hamachi - Any computer
can host and I can play. Or if just the laptops- a wireless connection works.
A normal LAN connection does not work!

Mechwarriors 4 will only connect if a particular XP computer hosts (the one
with the modem). If any of the others host- they can see each other, but
cannot connect.

Rise of Nations- All computers can see games created by the other computers
but the vista computers cannot connect and if Vista hosts- its visible but no
one can connect. Only 2 player available (I really want atleast 3 player for
this game!! ANY SUGGESTIONS?)

However, Warcraft III works fine!

Does anyone have a solution that would allow me to just play the games
normally??


Thanks in advance
 
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J

John

I don't have any problem using lan with vista to windows xp. I think you
need to change the network name to all the same I think its called
workgroup. I used the help file in vista to get it up and running
 
Z

ZeroSP

I have tried that (Forgot to mention it)
All computers are set to MSHOME

Thanks for the input.

Anyone else have any suggestions???
 
J

John

I don't have any problems at all, I run titan quest, cod, Coduo, cod2,
wolfenstien, Rome total war, age of empires 3. We play a lot of lan games as
I have 4 pcs linked up. Have you got 2 ip numbers the same without realizing
it. Its easy done.
the ip numbers I use are 192.168.0.1 - 4 which are all fixed, with subnet
mask 255.255.255.0.
 
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Z

Zeligg

Ive been having plenty of problems getting my computers to LAN together
properly to play LAN games.

I have 2 XP computers and 2 Vista laptops. I am reasonably experienced with
networking and have setup the IP addresses, etc myself. The computers are in
the same IP range, they are 'pingable' and can share internet access- A modem
is attached to an XP computer which allows shared internet with the others.
Computers are connected with a switch.

However, I have problems playing LAN games between the computers. The XP
computers connect immediately to each other, however the Vista ones are
giving me big problems. I have allowed access for the exe files and necessary
ports through Vista's windows firewall.

For Civlization IV I can only connect the games using hamachi - Any computer
can host and I can play. Or if just the laptops- a wireless connection works.
A normal LAN connection does not work!

Mechwarriors 4 will only connect if a particular XP computer hosts (the one
with the modem). If any of the others host- they can see each other, but
cannot connect.

Rise of Nations- All computers can see games created by the other computers
but the vista computers cannot connect and if Vista hosts- its visible but no
one can connect. Only 2 player available (I really want atleast 3 player for
this game!! ANY SUGGESTIONS?)

However, Warcraft III works fine!

Does anyone have a solution that would allow me to just play the games
normally??


Thanks in advance


I've found that various computers can have problems connecting to each
other if you have a mix of pc's using simple file sharing and standard
networking. Switch them all to standard if they aren't already.

Zel
 

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