How to connect laptops for a LAN party?

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I am going to have a LAN party with about 3 other people. I am wondering what I need for equipment and how to go about creating a Ethernet LAN so we can play together. We want to play P2P, not over the Internet.
 

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For n computers an n-port ethernet switch and n ethernet (CAT5E) cables.
 
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Also you may want to add a power strip or 2 as well with "n" computers your gonna need some juice. :)

Another side note buy the n ethernet cables for the max distance. It would suck to buy some small ones but not get the computer into proximity to play.
 

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Ok is there anything else other then cat 5e cable I need? I just wanted to make sure that was the correct device I needed. I have never used or bought a gigabyte switch before, and this is my first local LAN party. Could you go through how I need to set up the network once I have all the comps plugged in? We will all be using either XP Home or Vista Home. Most of us will have Vista Home. Thanks.
 

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Connect them to the switch.

Make sure any 3rd party firewalls are allowing LAN access.

Easiest is to use dynamic addressing; each computer will be self-assigned an IP of type 169.254.x.y; when I've done this with wireless with 3 PCs it has taken up to a minute, so be patient.

Depending on your needs you may decide to use static IP addresses. These could be assigned on the TCP/IP Properties General tab or on the Alternate Configuration tab. If you go this way I suggest assigning 10.0.0.x (0 < x < 255), mask = 25.255.255.0 to each. If you need to know specific person's IP, I suggest going this way. It's more work to setup, but a heck of a lot easier to remember the exact IP addresses.
 

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What is dynamic addressing? And more so how to I activate it or whatever I need to do. I have no idea where I go to change IP addresses.
 

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Well I have been told by many that I should use DHCP and if I do so then all I need to do is plug all the comps in and everything else is automatic. Well how do I initiate DHCP? Is it fully automated or do I have to start it somewhere?
 

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You need a DHCP server in the mix somewhere. Normally, that's the broadband router for your Internet service.

How about describing the complete network you currently have?
 

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"You need a DHCP server in the mix somewhere."

Not! :)

He's planning on using a switch--no internet desired. The PCs will each get assigned an APIPA.
 

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I am not on a network. I will not be connecting to the net. We just want to game against each other. Everyone that will be on the network will be in the room. I will not be connected to any outside LAN's, or WAN's.
 

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It's been my experience that using Automatic Private IP Addressing for networking is less than 100% effective, so I'd have to recommend static IP addresses, all in the same class C network.
 
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