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makphisto

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This is probably a dumb question, and I think I know the answer, but...

Can I play without any internet connection at all? So I have 6 PCs that are cabled to a router... and that's it. No modem, no wifi, no internet. Will that work?

If my router only has 4 ports and I have 6 PCs, can I use a switch to consolidate those PCs and then go to the router?

Sorry if these are basic questions, I'm not a network guy.
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just need a network, not internet...well, unless you want to play online [wink]



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It's true, you need an internet connection to download the game, but once you have it installed, you don't need the internet to play. Of course, that also means your installation is completely separate from everyone else's. Each little self-contained network it it's own separate starship or starships.

Online play is available for those who want to meet for massive games, role play a continuing storyline, or just put together a crew when you or maybe one friend are all you have available to play. But that's provided by the players, not the game itself.

Personally I feel that's one of Artemis's biggest strengths.
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Hi,

You asked "If my router only has 4 ports and I have 6 PCs, can I use a switch to consolidate those PCs and then go to the router?"  ... well hummm.... I am not too sure that would work and if I had to guess, I would say no  [frown]

But that's an interesting question.



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I found this article which, if you look at the picture about midpage, seems to indicate this is possible:

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/99001/htg-explains-routers-and-switches/


Edit: this Youtube Video also:



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IT/Network guy here - yes, you can use a switch to connect everybody together. If your switch has an 'upstream' connection port, it will work best when that port is connected to the router. It may also be labelled "WAN", or at least look a little different than the rest.
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Hello,

Let's say I want to add a second bridge to the setup we've described above, could I just use a 2nd independant switch and plug it in a different port on the router ? Is that how you would setup multiple bridges ?
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That's certainly a way to do it - the only real requirement is that all the clients (including the second bridge's main screen) connect to the server somehow. There's only ever 1 server.
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Technically, you should also have a bridge license (the download from the site) for both bridges, or more than half the players using the Steam version.

I honestly don't think Thom minds if you occasionally run a multi-ship game with only one license.
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Of course we would have 2 licenses   [smile]
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Yep, you'd be able to plug a second switch into a different port on the router. Technically you'd even be able to plug the second switch into a different port on the switch.

See https://conceptdraw.com/a879c3/p1/preview/640/pict--lan-topology-diagram-lan-topology-diargam.png--diagram-flowchart-example.png for an example - you can have some stuff plugged into switches, some plugged directly into the router, some connecting over wifi etc. As long as everything has a path to get to the router somehow, the router will get everything working within a few seconds.


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Ah, thanks for that diagram - it's fascinating.

Learning stuff every day !

Mind if I ask you a couple more questions about networks, mwick ?
This time about routers  [smile]
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Sure - glad to help!
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Great, thanks everyone!
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Follow up question - so it looks like I'm going to have to run two bridges (I have 12 people coming over next weekend). From what has been posted here so far, it looks like that's doable as long as everyone ends up going to the same router (and ultimately is connected to the same server).

My questions now is *content* related. We've only played a few times (and some people coming are new to the game). So far, we've only every done just "random encounter" type things. Patrol around and destroy enemies. I think it might be fun to do a scripted mission (or at least something with a little more depth). So taking into mind noobs and two bridges, what would you recommend we do?
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