The setup we use is 3-4 pc's hooked to a stand alone router. The router is not connected to the internet, as we are just looking at doing lan type play. They are all running windows xp/2000, and i'm now running vista. When they host the game i can see it but it won't let me join to play. When i host it they can not see the game at all. We even tried doing a straight link between my laptop and one of the other ones, and received the exact same problem.
When i look at the connection, it says low or no connectivity, but shows active with 100mps. and since i can actually see the games when they host them, it does look like the computers are communicating with each other. I thought maybe my firewall was causing a problem, so since we were on just the lan router with no internet, I turned off the firewall. Once again achieving the same results.
Is there a patch or adapter i need to install to get windows vista to fully communicate with pc's running lower versions of windows? Or is there a setting on the network that i need to change?
Note: i did actually have the wireless internet turned on, so there was some level of connectivity to the internet.
Thanks for any help/ideas you can provide.