How to connect two laptops for gaming

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How to connect two laptops for gaming
Connect two laptops for LAN gaming. (2 laptops image by Andrew Brown from

Two laptops can be connected to create a local area network, which will allow them to communicate with each other for gaming as well as file sharing. Although there are several ways to link two computers, this article will discuss the easiest way to establish a connection between the two devices.

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Things you need

  • Crossover Ethernet cable

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  1. 1

    Use a crossover Ethernet cable to connect the first laptop to the second laptop. Attach one end of the cable to the LAN (Local Area Network) port or Ethernet port of the first laptop computer while connecting the other end to the LAN port of the second laptop computer. The LAN/Ethernet port is a socket on your computer where the Ethernet cable should be plugged so it can detect a network connection.

  2. 2

    Ensure that the two laptop computers belong to the same "workgroup." Click "Start" and right-click on "My Computer." Select "Properties" and click on the "Computer Name" tab. Select the "Change" option beside "To rename a computer...." Under "Workgroup," change the name of the workgroup so the two computers belong to the same one. Click "OK" when you are done.

  3. 3

    Configure the IP addresses of the two computers. Go to "Control Panel," then "Network Connections." Right click on your "Local Area Connection" and select "Properties." Choose "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and click on "Properties" once again.

  4. 4

    Under "IP address," key in for the first computer and for the second computer. For the "Subnet Mask," key in for both computers. Leave the "Default Gateway" blank, and then click "OK." Reboot the computers. They should be ready for LAN gaming upon start-up.

Tips and warnings

  • To verify that the two computers are connected to a single network, click "Start," "Run," then type "cmd" to open the command prompt window. Type "ping" followed by the IP address of the second computer (suppose the IP address is, type "Ping" and then hit "Enter"). If the response says "Ping time out," the computers are not properly connected.
  • When connecting two laptops, make sure the Ethernet cable you are using is "cross-over" and not "straight-through." Otherwise, the local network connection between the two computers may not establish successfully.

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