Hi, everyone. I've been having trouble getting an IPX connection to work, and I thought I'd ask here. Hopefully this will make enough sense to be useful.
My ultimate goal is to be able to play multiplayer Master of Orion II with my friends. I've got the game running very nicely in DOSbox, but before I do anything in the game, I have to establish an IPX connection with my opponent.
Here's the promised diagram:
The computers in my house are all connected to the same router by a wireless network. No matter what computer you use, when you go to whatismyisp.com, it gives you the same IP address, which I assume must be the router's IP.
I've figured out that one reason an IPX connection won't work over the Internet is that our router is configured to assign each computer dynamic IPs. One moment it may be xxx.xxx.xxx.100. The next it will be xxx.xxx.xxx.104. And so on.
The solution I came up with was to use a physical cable to connect my laptop to the router. I used the Network and Sharing Center settings on my computer to make it so that any time I connect to the router with the cable, it will always have the same IP address. (xxx.xxx.xxx.99)
One last thing: According to these instructions
, port 213 needs to be open in order to get an IPX connection through a router. So I changed the settings on my router to tell it to forward port 213 for the IP address xxx.xxx.xxx.99.
My problem is that the connection is still not working. I have been testing by trying to set up an IPX connection between my computer (connected to the router by cable) and my brother's computer (connected by wireless network). It doesn't seem to matter whether I make my computer or my brother's computer the server. It just says "Connection to xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx failed."
I'm actually not entirely clear what IP address I need to be using in the "ipx connect" command anyway. Do I use the IP address of the router I found on whatismyip.com, or do I use the local IP I gave my computer when I use the cable? Neither one seems to work, though.
Is the problem that our computers are both using the same router? It would be nice to be able to play multiplayer with people whether it's in the same building or with someone on the Internet. I was excited to read the thread about someone setting up a dedicated IPX server; I hope he is able to finish it, because that would be cool!
But until then, I'd appreciate any help you could offer on getting an IPX connection to work under the situation in the diagram. If I've left out any crucial information, just ask me.