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A problem on running Red Alert II in local network

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A problem on running Red Alert II in local network

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When I run Red Alert II & Yuri's Revenge, I cannot play with others in local network.  Every time I click on "Network", it just returns to the main menu.  I have allowed firewall.  Where is wrong?

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@running_wolf3 

 

The game's LAN system uses the positively ancient IPX network communication protocol, which is no longer supported by modern OSes. However, there is a fan-patch that changes it to the more modern UDP protocol, which works fine. It can be downloaded here:
http://nyerguds.arsaneus-design.com/cncstuff/0_files.html#ts_dll

Download that and extract the wsock32.dll file into your game folder.

 

Note, if you have the game from either The First Decade or the Origin digital download version this isn't all you'll need to do. As anti-piracy measure, Westwood prohibited LAN games if multiple people on the network had the same serial number. The way this is checked is by reading the serial from the game's Windows registry entry. However, The TFD and Origin versions don't set the serial number in the registry as they're supposed to. This means that the game will see both sides as having the same (blank) serial, and you'll get an error message saying you can't play.


This can easily be fixed by simply adding anything at all into that serial number field in the registry. I explained how to do that here:
Thread: Yuri's Revenge Serial number issue

 

Note that the network patch may interfere with online play; if you play online it's advised to remove the wsock32.dll file. For more information on online multiplayer, I advise you check out CnCNnet.


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Re: A problem on running Red Alert II in local network

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Hero

@running_wolf3 

 

The game's LAN system uses the positively ancient IPX network communication protocol, which is no longer supported by modern OSes. However, there is a fan-patch that changes it to the more modern UDP protocol, which works fine. It can be downloaded here:
http://nyerguds.arsaneus-design.com/cncstuff/0_files.html#ts_dll

Download that and extract the wsock32.dll file into your game folder.

 

Note, if you have the game from either The First Decade or the Origin digital download version this isn't all you'll need to do. As anti-piracy measure, Westwood prohibited LAN games if multiple people on the network had the same serial number. The way this is checked is by reading the serial from the game's Windows registry entry. However, The TFD and Origin versions don't set the serial number in the registry as they're supposed to. This means that the game will see both sides as having the same (blank) serial, and you'll get an error message saying you can't play.


This can easily be fixed by simply adding anything at all into that serial number field in the registry. I explained how to do that here:
Thread: Yuri's Revenge Serial number issue

 

Note that the network patch may interfere with online play; if you play online it's advised to remove the wsock32.dll file. For more information on online multiplayer, I advise you check out CnCNnet.


Like most people helping out around this place, I am a volunteer, not an EA employee. I'm just here to help. If my answer helped you, please give XP. And if an answer solved your problem, be sure to accept it as solution.
I will not help with game questions sent as private messages; those questions belong on the boards where everyone can see my answers.
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Thank you sooooo much.   

I love you guys.

Now I can play some RA2 with my sons, just like I did in the nineties.  It's brilliant.

Worked like a charm.

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I will be very thank full if you teach me  how i can play with my sons with pic how i can set IP and lobby and each step  i am not good in networking plz teach me via pic every steps
I shall be very thankfull.plzzzzzzz 
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