How to Set Up a LAN Network for "Diablo II"

By Nicholas Robbins

Updated September 22, 2017

The action role-playing game "Diablo II" puts players in the boots of a new hero out to rid the world of the evil Diablo, but you won't have to do it alone; "Diablo II" supports up to eight players throughout its many multiplayer modes. While "Diablo II" is most commonly played online with other players through the use of the Battle.Net service, the game also enables you to play with your friends locally through use of a local area network, or LAN, connection with Internet access.

Launch "Diablo II" on the computer that will be hosting the game. One player may also use this computer to play the game as well.

Click on “Other Multiplayer” from the initial selection screen.

Choose the TCP/IP connection option.

Select “Host Game” from the menu.

Write down the IP address which appears on the game startup screen. Other players will need this address in order to connect to your game. After setting the game options that you want to use, start the game.

Start "Diablo II" on each of the other computers. One copy of the game may be installed on each of the computers using the same disks and CD key or each player may have his own. Multiple CD keys are only necessary if playing on instead of through a LAN TCP/IP connection.

Click “Other Multiplayer” and “Join Game” to begin the connection process.

Enter the IP address of the host computer. All players can now join the first player’s multiplayer "Diablo II" game.


Use your most powerful computer as the host computer. This will prevent lag and update problems as all players connect to the game.


Don’t forget to update your game. All players must have the same version of "Diablo II" in order to use the multiplayer functionality. Updates are available at the download page.