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How do you set up a LAN party? Is internet needed? And what equipment is needed? I've never been to one or held one before and my friends and I are planning to hold one for ourselves next Sat.
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You need one of two things.

A. A router , or
B. A hub

That's it. Other than the same games you'll be playing, a power strip, and cables for each system to connect to the router or hub, that's it.

Only thing.... for any number higher than 3 systems for your standard router, you'll need another router. This is what the hub is for. It's your best alternative.

Internet is optional for whatever you might be doing.
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If its just LAN then I don't think internet is needed. Energy drinks are usually common fare along with chips etc. Equipment well you need ports for people to plug into, a decent space to setup computers etc. Set up rules too or your house might get pretty trashed. Also make sure there are specific games to play or else its boring with every1 playing their own games.
    
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You need one of two things.

A. A router , or
B. A hub

That's it. Other than the same games you'll be playing, a power strip, and cables for each system to connect to the router or hub, that's it.

Only thing.... for any number higher than 3 systems for your standard router, you'll need another router. This is what the hub is for. It's your best alternative.

Internet is optional for whatever you might be doing.
Will it be plug and play if I use a router or hub?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by zorpnic View Post
You need one of two things.

A. A router , or
B. A hub

That's it. Other than the same games you'll be playing, a power strip, and cables for each system to connect to the router or hub, that's it.

Only thing.... for any number higher than 3 systems for your standard router, you'll need another router. This is what the hub is for. It's your best alternative.

Internet is optional for whatever you might be doing.
And can you connect the internet to the hub? so everybody gets internet too?
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Originally Posted by TaiDinh View Post
Will it be plug and play if I use a router or hub?
It should be. Just remember to stick all your cables on the "to the computer" side. This unifies the network. If you add the internet to the internet port, you've got internet for your LAN party.
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It should be. Just remember to stick all your cables on the "to the computer" side. This unifies the network. If you add the internet to the internet port, you've got internet for your LAN party.
Thank you. My friend will try it out with his router and a spare PC tomorrow.
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one would think that with over 4,000 posts and a rep of 318 you would be well versed on computer technology. I mean how is it possible to spend as much time on the Internet as you and never learn how to LAN?

I'm not trying to be insulting, im just suprised... That's it.

Anyways have fun when you get it all set up, google setting up a LAN, you'll find some good pre written tutorials on how to set one up and what you need.
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post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by TaiDinh View Post
Thank you. My friend will try it out with his router and a spare PC tomorrow.
LAN ftw, go for it man. Hub or router works just fine. LAN parties are mad fun.

And energy drinks at LAN parties are the opiate of the masses. *That's the second opiate of the masses i have named today, i'm on a roll*
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