One of the most enjoyable things you can do with a computer network is play connected games with friends and family. But, is frequent disconnects hampering your online multi-player gaming or inability to listen to other players in chat sessions who are connected to same private network? The funny thing is that to be able to play LAN games and online games, often you got to upgrade your local network and tweak your internet configuration. You must also be ready to troubleshoot some technical problems that are commonly encountered with local network and online games.
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Types of Local Networks and Online Games
Single player computer games run on a single PC, but most multi-player games function across a network. So it is a good practice to check the game’s packaging or documentation to determine the nature of network that it requires and supports:
- PC games with “LAN” or “local network” on their packaging support sharing between two or more PCs across private home network connections but each of the PCs must be running their own copy of the game locally.
- PC games with “Internet” or “online multiplayer” on their packaging will allow you to play online with other internet gamers across a high-speed Internet connection.
Gaming consoles like Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Wii etc offer local-based as well as Internet-based play options for video games. Today, every game console manufacturer maintains its own, unique Internet service for online games. For instance, Microsoft Xbox consoles use its System Link feature for local play and the Xbox Live service for Internet-based play. Similarly, the Sony Playstation Network enable Internet gaming between PS3 game consoles.
Easiest Tips for Setting up Your Network for Online Games
PC multi-player games generally work across any wired or wi-fi home network. Expert gamers usually prefer to use wired Ethernet connections for local network gaming, because of the performance advantages that Ethernet can offer for top-end games. Apart from dependable network connections, PC games also advantage from running on systems with super quick processors.
All modern gaming consoles also contain built-in Ethernet support for connecting to each other and to the Internet. You can also use wireless game adapters with a console to convert its Ethernet connector to a Wi-Fi link for connecting to wireless home routers. Both PC and console games benefit from having a fast Internet connection:
- Online games need low latency links; a gamer generally cannot play online games over satellite Internet connections, for example, due to the high latencies associated with that kind of service.
- Online games also demand a moderate to high amount of Internet bandwidth. Any type of connection except dial-up Internet should be able to provide adequate bandwidth for individual game sessions, but if multiple gamers intend to play online games simultaneously, you may want to upgrade your Internet connection bandwidth.