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So I've been googling for hours, trying to figure out how to set up a LAN using a cord not the wireless method but having no luck... We wont to verse each other in dawn of war but we can't find each others games we've created in the game we have no idea if we're even connected, we just have a light on at the ethernet port on our back I/O connections..

Can you walk us threw step by step on how to connect the two computers together threw Ethernet to play dawn of war, any game?
we both have windows 7.

this is our first LAN, so we really no nothing.
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Get on the same internet or home network and then you should be able to LAN
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1) Locate wireless router.
2) Locate two ethernet cables.
3) Insert ethernet cables from computers into wireless router LAN ports.
4) ???
5) Profit.
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You should connect to the same router. Thats the only way i know on how to get into lan. But iwe also heard that by simply connecting PC's with ethernet cable should work too but not sure how to do that
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Originally Posted by gamingowiz;12702899 
So I've been googling for hours, trying to figure out how to set up a LAN using a cord not the wireless method but having no luck... We wont to verse each other in dawn of war but we can't find each others games we've created in the game we have no idea if we're even connected, we just have a light on at the ethernet port on our back I/O connections..

Can you walk us threw step by step on how to connect the two computers together threw Ethernet to play dawn of war, any game?
we both have windows 7.

this is our first LAN, so we really no nothing.

Manually set your IP addresses on your NIC (manage adapter settings in Network and Sharing Center in Windows 7). You'll have to set up IPs on the same network (i.e. 192.168.1.1 and 192.168.1.2). Your subnet mask will be 255.255.255.0. I don't know if you need a default gateway as you are directly connected to each other. Like someone here said though, just get a wired router. It would be 10x easier to set up.
Edited by TheSchlaf - 3/12/11 at 2:56am
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I am using the router>unmanaged switch,then use the homegroup feature in Win 7. I do homegroup for file sharing between Win 7 computers,never tried the homegroup feature for gaming application.My router hands out IP's(internal non-routable like the 198.162.1.1 mentioned above).The key is the router having DHCP ability and the unmanaged switch.Just plug into the switch with the PC's set to aquire IP's automaticaly.With every PC or device you want to make a member of the homegroup turned on find the create homegroup feature in control panel.Only Win 7 PC's can use the homegroup feature otherwise it is the "create a network" technique like what was done in XP days.
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post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by beers;12702920 
1) Locate wireless router.
2) Locate two ethernet cables.
3) Insert ethernet cables from computers into wireless router LAN ports.
4) ???
5) Profit.

Oh... we have to plug it in threw the router.. LOL, we will give it a try soon.
Thanks everyone for your help, I'll let you know how it goes.
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If you are using a router in between then you need two standard "straight through" CAT5e Ethernet cables.

If you are connecting the computers directly to each other then you need a CAT5e Ethernet "Crossover" cable. Two of the wires are crossed over allowing direct communication without a switch.

If using a router, it should have DHCP running therefore, you dont need to manually assign an IP, subnet and gateway etc.... on the PC's, it would be automatic.

Crossover cable:

However if using crossover, then you will have to manually give each computer an IP address and subnet mask, this is because there is nothing on the network to assign addressed automatically.

Make sure both PC's are on the same subnet as well, for reference, use the following addresses and masks.

192.168.1.100
255.255.255.0

192.168.1.101
255.255.255.0

That should be enough to let your machines see each other, however commincation will probably be via IP address and not a friendly name as you have nothing to do DNS lookups.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Rocker;12702983 
If you are using a router in between then you need two standard "straight through" CAT5e Ethernet cables.

If you are connecting the computers directly to each other then you need a CAT5e Ethernet "Crossover" cable. Two of the wires are crossed over allowing direct communication without a switch.

If using a router, it should have DHCP running therefore, you dont need to manually assign an IP, subnet and gateway etc.... on the PC's, it would be automatic.

Crossover cable:

However if using crossover, then you will have to manually give each computer an IP address and subnet mask, this is because there is nothing on the network to assign addressed automatically.

Make sure both PC's are on the same subnet as well, for reference, use the following addresses and masks.

192.168.1.100
255.255.255.0

192.168.1.101
255.255.255.0

That should be enough to let your machines see each other, however commincation will probably be via IP address and not a friendly name as you have nothing to do DNS lookups.

He mentioned he had link lights when he connected the PCs together so I'm guessing they have auto-crossover detection (I think most hardware has that nowadays).
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Rocker;12702983 
If you are using a router in between then you need two standard "straight through" CAT5e Ethernet cables.

If you are connecting the computers directly to each other then you need a CAT5e Ethernet "Crossover" cable. Two of the wires are crossed over allowing direct communication without a switch.

If using a router, it should have DHCP running therefore, you dont need to manually assign an IP, subnet and gateway etc.... on the PC's, it would be automatic.

Crossover cable:

However if using crossover, then you will have to manually give each computer an IP address and subnet mask, this is because there is nothing on the network to assign addressed automatically.

Make sure both PC's are on the same subnet as well, for reference, use the following addresses and masks.

192.168.1.100
255.255.255.0

192.168.1.101
255.255.255.0

That should be enough to let your machines see each other, however commincation will probably be via IP address and not a friendly name as you have nothing to do DNS lookups.
How am I to go about manually assigning an IP address and Subnet mask for each computer?
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