Connecting with Friends: Joining LAN Servers on Minecraft 1.10.2
Minecraft has always been a game that thrives on collaboration and multiplayer interactions. While playing online on public servers can be a great way to connect with players from all around the world, sometimes you just want to enjoy the game with your close friends in the same room. Minecraft's LAN (Local Area Network) feature allows you to create and join LAN servers, making it easy to connect and play together on the same network. In this article, we'll guide you through the process of joining LAN servers on Minecraft 1.10.2, helping you enjoy the game and connect with your friends in a more intimate and local setting.
Step 1: Set Up a LAN ServerTo create a LAN server in Minecraft 1.10.2, follow these steps:
Launch Minecraft on the computer that will act as the server.
Ensure that all players are connected to the same local network (e.g., connected to the same Wi-Fi network).
Start a single-player world or open an existing world that you want to use as the LAN server.
Press the "Escape" key to open the in-game menu.
Click on "Open to LAN" from the menu options.
Customize the LAN server settings, such as game mode, difficulty, and other options.
Click on "Start LAN World" to create the LAN server.
Note down the IP address and port number displayed on the screen. You'll need this information to join the LAN server from other devices.
Step 2: Join the LAN ServerTo join the LAN server from another device, follow these steps:
Launch Minecraft on the device you want to join the LAN server from.
Ensure that the device is connected to the same local network as the server.
Click on "Multiplayer" from the main menu.
Click on "Direct Connect" or "Add Server," depending on the version of Minecraft you're using.
Enter the IP address and port number of the LAN server that you noted down earlier.
Give the server a name for easy identification.
Click on "Join Server" to connect to the LAN server.
If all settings are correct and the LAN server is active, you should successfully join the LAN server and appear in the same Minecraft world as the server host.
If you encounter any issues while joining a LAN server, here are some troubleshooting tips:
Make sure that all devices are connected to the same local network. Check that they're connected to the same Wi-Fi network or connected via Ethernet cables to the same router.
Verify that the LAN server is active and running on the host computer. Ensure that the host computer is not blocking Minecraft's network access through firewalls or security software.
Double-check the IP address and port number when joining the LAN server. Ensure that they are entered correctly and match the server's information.
Restart Minecraft on both the server and the client devices. Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve connection issues.
If you're using a virtual private network (VPN) or other network-related software, temporarily disable them to see if they're causing any conflicts with the LAN connection.
Benefits of Playing on LAN Servers:
Joining LAN servers on Minecraft 1.10.2 offers several benefits for playing with friends:
Local Connection: LAN servers provide a low-latency connection, allowing for smooth gameplay and minimal lag between players.
Intimate Multiplayer Experience: Playing on a LAN server brings friends together in the same physical space, fostering a more interactive and intimate multiplayer experience.
Privacy and Security: Since LAN servers are limited to players connected to the same local network, you can enjoy a private and secure gaming environment without the concerns of public servers.
Shared World and Collaboration: Playing on a LAN server allows you and your friends to collaborate, build, and explore the same Minecraft world, creating memorable experiences together.
Easy Communication: Being physically close to your friends while playing on a LAN server makes communication more convenient. You can easily discuss strategies, share resources, and coordinate actions.