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Glossary:LAN play

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LAN play is a form of multiplayer which is played over a Local Area Network, so no Internet connection is required. This way, every player has their own computer which is connected to the others via the router.

This method of multiplayer connection is independent from official multiplayer services' uptimes and the latency depends only on the connection quality of involved computers. In order for computers to connect to each other, they have to be discoverable in the network; see network settings in the used operating system.

This method is unsupported by most PC games from the 2010s and newer.

List of games with LAN multiplayer

Physical LAN

The players have to connect (wired or wireless) their PCs to the router and one of them starts a LAN game as a host. After a virtual server has been created, the others are able to join the lobby.

Emulated LAN

Players use a third-party program to create a remote connection between each other without the need for a physical connection or using the same router.
Unsecured networks allow untrusted users to enter and, depending on individual security settings, harm devices on said network. Hence, it is highly recommended to disconnect when not in use and carefully configure the network.

Software known to work well with gaming


Hamachi engine connection issue

Caused by the Hamachi service not functioning properly.
Restart service[1]
  1. Press Win+R on the keyboard.
  2. In the run box, type services.msc, and press Enter.
  3. Look for the LogMeIn Hamachi Tunneling Engine, and restart the service.
Reinstall Hamachi
Recreate service
  1. In the command prompt, type sc create HamachiTunnelService "c:\program files (x86)\LogmeIn Hamachi\hamachi-2.exe -s"