Is it possible to play the original Red Alert on LAN? I've looked up various ways, although I was never able to figure it out.


In order to play older games, like Red Alert, via LAN connections on newer operating systems you'll need to emulate IPX connections between the machines. There are a few ways to accomplish this.

For DOS games you're in luck as DosBox comes with this support natively. Simply start the ipx server on one machine ipxnet startserver [UDP port] and then connect to it on the rest of the machines ipxnet connect <IP> [UDP port]

For Windows based games you can use something like Kali which will give you a fairly robust interface, or something like ipxemu or ipxwrapper which will trick the games into thinking they are connected via IPX.

  • Ok but let's say you have an ipx server running on some machine (IP address x.x.x.x). Upon opening Red Alert, what steps do you take to play over IPX? screenshots would be helpful. Mar 9 '18 at 19:24

Yes, it is possible according to the manual and the hundreds of hours I spent playing it. Note that early Red Alert (and Command & Conquer) games need the IPX-protocol to play multiplayer games, which isn't supported by many current operating systems.

  • Is there a way to play it on Windows 7? Feb 10 '15 at 15:08
  • That sounds like a new question
    – Josh
    Feb 10 '15 at 20:41
  • There is an unofficial patch which fix the LAN play by switching it to udp protocol. The full game patcher / installer from funkyfr3sh.cncnet.org includes it.
    – Nyerguds
    Apr 27 '15 at 6:53

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