Okay, this may sound dumb, but I go camping alot( in a trailer) and me an my family bring our laptops. We would love to play together, and without Internet, modem, or a router I have no clue how. I was thinking maybe if I used my cells hot spot( but I would rather not), is their a way to do this?
It is possible, I used to play offline in a wireless, offline server using a cellphone's tethering. Although I don't know if the actuamtic LAN detection works with that it is certainly possible to find your local IP address using ipconfig command and hosting the server in offline-mode.
That's one option but if you'd rather not use your cellphone I'd say investing in a cheap router would be the best alternative, it works even if it doesn't have internet, you only need the wireless to transmit data from one laptop to the other
Unless you wanted to connect directly using ethernet cables (Eww cables :P)
Sorry I'm new to this forum, and it isn't to Mobil friendly. I would really like to hear about how to do it with a cable, although, how cheap can one get a router that can handle around 5 people?
Thanks so much for replies quickly! Your awesome!
First off, Welcome to the Forum!
Next up, the router doesn't actually determines how many people can connect at the same time, what determines this is how much memory of your laptop you are willing to assign to the server itself (If you assign too much or have very few memory in it you run the risk of not being able to play while hosting the server, usually doesn't happen unless the server is under very heavy load)
Now absolutely any router will work, if you can plug it into AC and has wireless, it'll work, and again this is only to make it more confortable to play without any cables, the best (Although not quite cheap) I can think of would be some dedicated portable hardware like a Mobile Broadband (Like this ones from Huawei)
With cable you'd need again a router, that is, a way to plug in all the cables in one single, concentrated device, don't know the prices really, but some quick searches in Amazon say that the Mobile Modems (MiFi) are around ~$40ish compared to the routers that are around ~$30
All around I'd suggest plugging in the phone and enable tethering, it doesn't have the best data transfer speeds but it'll do for 5 people on a simple vanilla server, and you'll avoid buying aditional hardware.
I will probably go with getting a cheap router, I was just hopeing there was a way to do it without a thing, but I can handle this. I run servers from my home all the time, so this shouldn't be a big deal.
Again, thank you for all your help! Your so nice and amzing!:)
If you have a wifi hotspot on your phone turn off your data and turn on your hotspot. then you can play on lan and it won't take any data. Or just leave your data on it works either way. You just have to have both computers hooked to your phones wifi hotspot. no router needed as long as your phones good and charged. hope this helps.