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Why isn't my Minecraft LAN server working?

The thing is that i live in a town that has three different zip codes. I'm not sure if zip codes are related to LAN servers or anything but so far we can't get together because he lives on one side of town and i'm on the other. Even if it isn't zip codes that restrict the server could you tell me what does. Please help!!!!!

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zip codes have nothing to do with LAN –  legacy Aug 6 '12 at 13:55
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LAN is short for Local Area Network, as in a homenetwork. If you want to set up a LAN server over internet you need to use a virtual LAN network like Hamachi can provide.

Setting it up is quite easy, just have everyone join the same hamachi network (up to five people on free hamachi) and let them connect to the hamachi IP of the hoster (hamachi IP's begin with a five so 5.x.x.x where the x's can be anything from 0 to 255).

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LAN can only work when you are connected to the same network, as said above

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