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I need to setup a local private network Friday for a LAN party that me and my Department are organizing. However, I need some help getting this to go.

There should be ~30 players.
I'm bringing my Desktop to act like a Source Dedicated server.
Most of everyone else is bringing their laptops and connecting through wireless.
I know what ports I need to forward for a LAN.

--> Essentially, I connect my computer via Ethernet to router(s), host a Source server, have everyone else connect to the router (whilst being able to discover my server + other computers easily).


My questions:
How many routers do I need approx? I figured 2, but I'm not really sure how to get that working right. Is there enough bandwidth and, therefore, is it possible to connect that many wireless gamers together without choking the network on 1 router?


Any other tips you guys may have are appreciated.
    
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post #2 of 27
Forget about port forwarding, you could only help one single person with that and the rest would be unable to play. Just use one router (doubles as access point for wireless clients?), Gigabit lines (if you can) between the switches, and done. Have everyone play locally, not online (lagfest, unless you have a great connection).

Also, get some games with patches on portable harddrives.

Another good way to share locally is uTorrent. Just create a torrent, leave the tracker name blank, and make sure everyone has "local peer discovery" checked. If you pass around the .torrent file it should find the seed on your network automatically. Works perfectly and doesn't choke your network as much as one fileserver.
    
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30 user Wireless lan party ehh? That's not going to work..
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post #4 of 27
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30 user Wireless lan party ehh? That's not going to work..
+1 54mbps is waaaay to slow.
even 100mbps ethernet.
Gigabit at least
You can forget about copying over the network unless its gigabit.
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+1 54mbps is waaaay to slow.
even 100mbps ethernet.
Gigabit at least
You can forget about copying over the network unless its gigabit.
No, no.. Wireless in general.. It's half duplex..
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If you want it to run nicely, I would say get a wired router and plug your computer into it then probably 2 wireless access points into that.
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No, no.. Wireless in general.. It's half duplex..
Yeah, I figured there would only be a few on wireless. Bandwidth isn't really the problem, most games are optimized for slow WAN connections anyhow, even 10 megabits is enough for most lines as long as your switch has a proper backplane...
    
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1x Router
1x 48 port switch

You can get away with 10/100 EASILY for gaming, however LAN transfers will be limited to ~12 MB/sec. If you have more than 3-4 so wireless clients consider using a second AP
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You wont need a router unless you or others are needing connectivity to the internet. If everyone is on the same subnet and is accessing your desktop as the server. You essentially only need 1 broadcast domain. If your work has a spare (or you have access to) 1 48port switch. Hell is could have a blank config.
If it is a Cisco.

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If you are bringing small switches say 2 (24 port) or 3 (12 ports) have one switch plug into the other.
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Hell is could have a blank config.
If it is a Cisco.

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Cisco switches have all of their interfaces administratively enabled by default.
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