Red Alert 2 is fun. It’s even more fun to play it against a human opponent. For example through a LAN. Here’s howto.
Thanks to “Diaz”
- Install IPX protocol, on the nextwork device that will allow networking. (anything from a crossover to a router to a switch to wireless everything will work)
How to: start – settings – Network and dial up connections – right_click on the network device – properties.
A new window will show up with a list of services and protocols. Click install and select add protocol. Select the NWlink IPX/(other protocols).
- Now select properties of this new protocol. Internal Network should be 00000000. Under frame type, select 802.3, or experiment with 802.2 or ether II. Change number to a unique network value on both computers. ex: computer1, 00000001. computer2, 00000002. Click ok.
- Find your MAC address: Start – Run – type â€˜CMDâ€™ – Command prompt appears. Type â€˜ipconfig /allâ€™ and the information of all network cards should scroll by. Find the network card you set up for IPX and note its MAC address. A MAC address looks like this: 00-1A-B4-A2-01-D1 (keep this for later)
- Configure RA2: Options – Network, select the same MAC address in the drop down menu as you took in note the first time. Leave everything else as default (empty). If this fails, try selecting different socket numbers.
- Re-install RA2: Only if nothing else works. That is a last resort, only if you have a software glitch somwhere that doesnt allow RA2 to recognise the new IPX configuration. In my case my original RA2 cd-rom didn’t work, but after removing it and installing an “illegal” version downloaded from the internet it worked! Probably due to the fact that it’s a “fresh” Red Alert 2 installation.
- Have fun!