I've been playing video games since the tender age of four. As a result, most of my articles are related to video games.
Recently, I decided to start playing Diablo again. It's definitely an ageless classic, but given how old it is, special steps must be taken to get the game running over a local area network (or LAN for short). I struggled for nearly two hours until I finally found the solution over the Internet. Big thanks to the person who devised this workaround (I forgot his username).
Setting Up the Network
Before you can set up the IPX protocol over your network, you have to actually have a network set up. This involves purchasing an ethernet card for network connections (wireless or not, they both work on the same principle) as well as setting it up so the operating system recognizes it.
This tutorial assumes you are using Windows. If you are using a Mac, then the steps will most likely be different:
- Install your ethernet card. This will prompt Windows to autodetect it.
- If needed, install the drivers that came with the ethernet card.
- Then, go to the Start Menu, click Control Panel, and then find the Network Setup Wizard button.
1. Open the Network Setup Wizard
2. Select Your Computer's Connection Method
3. Give Your Computer a Name and Label
4. Name the Network You Will Be Operating In
5. Apply the Network Settings
1. Open Network Connections
After Setting Up your LAN Network
After this, you will have to set up your network to be able to play Diablo over an IPX protocol setting. By default, you may find that you can see created games, but cannot join them. If you cannot join them, then follow the pics below for details.
2. Go to Properties
3. Enter Properties for the Highlighted Protocol
4. Default Protocol Properties
5. Change the Protocol's Properties
After doing all this, you should be able to connect to computers in your LAN by way of the IPX protocol. This will, thus, allow you to play Diablo with your friends through the network.
If this still doesn't fix your problem, then it may be due to network issues. In any case, if you need more help, don't hesitate to message me.
Until the next time, take care and have fun! ;)
jackswag on September 11, 2013:
Do we need to portforward it?
Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on July 05, 2012:
Hey there Tyler. If it was working one day and stopped working the next, did you check that following day to see if any of the settings autoreset themselves? It wouldn't be the strangest thing an operating system has ever done.
Failing that, I'm not sure what the problem could be. What OS are you using? Are you using compatibility mode?
Tyler on July 04, 2012:
I know this is an old thread, but I can not get it to work. Tried everything I can think of. Followed step by step, it worked one day and then when I went to play the next day It would not work, nothing changed any suggestions?
Justin C on August 19, 2011:
Awesome... now I can rock old school rpgs with my buddys
Hello on August 03, 2011:
I think diablo 2 is not good as diablo 1,i like diablo 1 more its good
Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on January 07, 2011:
Lol, it's not THAT hard. Also, this'll work for ANY old games that have IPX/SPX hiccups because of their configurations.
Pente from Planet Earth on January 07, 2011:
Ugh! Wouldn't it have been easier to just play Diablo 2?