How to connect Counter-Strike 1.6 to a LAN

Updated April 17, 2017

Counter-Strike 1.6 is a free computer video game that can be downloaded over the Internet to your PC or laptop. The game has a multi-player feature that enables friends to connect together over a network and play against each other. Counter-Strike is a shooting game and each player is represented by a character with a gun in a battle to the death.


“LAN” is short for “Local Area Network.” Basically, any network in a home or office building is a LAN. LANs do not connect individual computers together. Instead, they connect computers to a network device. These devices are called “hubs,” “switches” and “routers.” The network device makes connections between the computers connected to it. A Counter-Strike home network requires a switch. The cables that connect computers to the switches are known as “Ethernet cables.” You can buy these from computer shops with the connectors already fitted. By one cable for each computer you want to connect to the network.


Each computer on the network has to have the game installed on it. These computers are termed “clients.” One computer will have to become the “server.” Select “Command Prompt” from the “Accessories” folder of the Start menu. At the command prompt, switch to the Counter-Strike directory by typing “cd C:\cstrike” (without the quotes). Press the “Enter” key. Enter the command: “c:\cstrike\hlds.exe -console -game cstrike -autoupdate +maxplayers 32 +map de_aztec +log on -nomaster +svlan 1” all on the same line and then press the “Enter” key. This will create a desktop icon that will enable you to start the server. Close the Command Prompt window by typing “Exit” and pressing “Enter” again.


Connect each computer to the switch using Ethernet cables On each computer, click the Start Menu, hover over “Connect To” and then select “Show All Connections” from the sub-menu. In the “Network Connections” window, click on ”Set up a home or small office network” in the “Network Tasks” panel on the left of the window. The Network Wizard will detect the network hardware and set up the computer’s connection for you.


To play the game, start up the CS server by double clicking on the server icon on the desktop of the designated server computer. For all other computers on the network, open the game and click on “Find Servers.” The game should connect to the server over the network and show the connection in the LAN tab. This will enable all the users to start a new game and play against each other.

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Stephen Byron Cooper began writing professionally in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computing from the University of Plymouth and a Master of Science in manufacturing systems from Kingston University. A career as a programmer gives him experience in technology. Cooper also has experience in hospitality management with knowledge in tourism.