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Why don't we have some sort of computer plugs?
Jan 13 2012, 5:15 am
Why can't two computers just be linked up, with some sort of virtual server set up between the two, to play multiplayer games?
Jan 13 2012, 5:25 am
They can, it's called a LAN (local area network). Most computers these days are connected to one in some way or another by usage of a router or hub. Many multiplayer games support LAN play, and those that don't can generally be tricked into allowing it by usage of
-- which is basically what you asked for, a virtual private network. It's not limited to LAN usage though, it works both ways, it can trick games with LAN-only multiplayer into thinking people from all over the internet actually belong to your local network.
You've probably used ethernet cables before if you've ever used a router. These types of ethernet cable are actually one of various cable configurations called 'patch cables' which basically require a middle-man such as a hub or router. But there's another configuration of the same type of cable (with one or two wire pairs swapped) called a
that allows you to connect two computers directly together using existing network cards.
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