How to Set Up an Ethernet LAN for "Age of Empires II"

by Matthew FerratonUpdated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • At least two computers with the same version of Age of Empires II

  • Ethernet crossover cable if connecting only two computers

  • Router and Ethernet patch cables if connecting three or more computers

  • At least two Age of Empires II game disks

Age of Empires II is a a real-time strategy game that can be played over a local area network, or LAN. Gamers can set up an Ethernet LAN in Age of Empires II in eight easy steps using a direct connection with a Ethernet crossover cable or router for three or more computers.

Locate the Ethernet port on each computer. Plug in one end of the Ethernet crossover cable to each computer. If connecting more than two computers, connect each computer to the router using Ethernet patch cables.

Install the DirectPlay software from the Age of Empires II installation CD-ROM. The process may vary depending on your operating system.

Run Age of Empires II on one computer.

In the main menu, click on "Multiplayer."

Select "Connection Type" on the right and select "Local (LAN) TCP/IP Connection."

Click the "Create" button to set up a new game for other players to join.

Have the other players follow steps 3 through 5.

Have the other players select the created game and click "Join."


If players are using a firewall program, consult the program's documentation to add Age of Empires II to the firewall's exception list. Failure to do so may result in inability to connect to other players.

Always select the Local (LAN) TCP/IP Connection when playing on a home network.


Before changing firewall settings, carefully read the included documentation. A misconfiguration of the firewall can expose the user to online threats.


  • Age of Empires II CD; "Manual.pdf"; Chapter II: Setting Up a Game, Multiplayer Games
  • Age of Empires II CD; "Readme.rtf"; Multiplayer Troubleshooting

About the Author

Matthew Ferraton graduated with a Master of Arts in history from Cleveland State University in December, 2008. During his graduate studies, Ferraton published local histories for the Euclid Corridor Oral History Project. He has been freelance writing for the Web since 2009.

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