In the same house, on one DSL service..is this possible.,
Basically I'm wanting to have my current D2 playing, and go buy another cd for the other computer for someone else. Now i know offline this will work fine..but I'm on DSL...isn't there a way to connect the other pc to the same connection without involving the DSL people?
I'm pretty sure something called a router(sp?) will do it..I think. And of course I would have to only buy the expansion D2 cd right? The LOD one.
Looking into getting possible the wife/oldest kid invloved :clap:
I just need all the info I would require to get this to work.
I got an older computer and a screen coming soon, with 98' windows. But in order to play along online..I need its connection..and have no idea how to do it!? Cept to get another DSL service..but that like 45 bucks a month..=no deal. Gotta be another way..and I figure a few of you might be doing this possibly?
You could use a cross-over cable, no DSL or anything involved.
You don't need another copy of LOD. You can start it on one computer than take the disk out of the drive and start it up on the other computer, you don't need the cd while playing. More easy is to make a copy of your CD of course and use a no-cd crack. Its all in one house, so no copy right issues if you care about that.
If you're talking about playing on Battle.net you'll need a second CD (maybe a second set of the D2 CDs too?) since there are serial number checks and whatnot. But if you're just doing the SP thing with added MP action then you can probably make do with the disks you have. Not ethical, but economical.
You need at the very least a network card in both PCs (sometimes these are integrated onto the motherboard) and a crossover cable. You can then wire the PCs together, get them talking, and even set up Internet Connection Sharing on the DSL-enabled one so they can both talk to the Internet.
Personally I use a router because it's a more flexible solution, mind you...
I partner & I both play. we are on DSL and use a router. it's generally the best solution for hooking multiple computers up to a single DSL connection. with a router installed, each computer will have an individual internal IP address that you can use to play a normal TCP/IP game. Router is also the safest solution for interbet access with multiple computers, otherwise you have one computer accessing the 'net through another which = not good.
as for the 2 CDs thing, you can copy the mpq files from the CD to the hard drive of both computers, then use the CD to start D2 on one computer, remove the CD then start it on the other. alternately, you could get a NoCD program (but i don't think we can talk about those here) or you could buy a second CD for $10 from Ebay
Ya I think the router is for sure the way to go. Only prob is when I say the word "router"..the only thing that comes to mine is a router a person would use for shaping/cutting wood. (Prob becasue I'm a Custom home builder)..so I have no idea what these thing look like or hoe there hooked up...but, I'm pretty good at figuring things out. I hear there are cordless routers....these hold up?
You can pick up cheap/no-name routers for about $30-$35 US and you can pickup name brand routers for about $45-$50 US.
I would really consider spending up to $50 for a good router, pick up any cabling you need to reach the computers, and go that direction. The router can be used not only with the DSL, but later with Cable Modem when you move up. And if you ever got to the point where you didn't even have Internet, you still have computers talking to each other through the router.
While the initial investment to get the router and a couple of cables is the biggest part of this equipment, you will not be disappointed with the performance and future use of having your computers talk to each other.
The ease and convenience of this direction far outweigh any headaches and non-functionality (limits) when going any other direction where a router is not in the picture.
And you might want to check locally in the newsgroups or web sites for your area that have 'used' equipment. There are people who will upgrade their perfectly good equipment to go to a next level hardware upgrade; thus leaving a piece of equipment in working order ready to go cheap to recover the cash outlay on the new equipment. It might be possible to pickup a decent brand router for $20-$25 used.
wireless router is fine if you really need it. it's a large jump in price and the only reason to get a wireless would be if the computers being connected are at different ends of the house and physically attaching a cable is prohibitive. Other reason would be if one or more of the computers is a laptop and needs to be mobile.
@condor - since when is Cable considered an upgrade from DSL?