The first things to decide when hosting a LAN is the location, time and date, number of gamers and games being played. When deciding a location consider that it will need adequate power supply and enough room for the amount of people you hope to accommodate. A good location can be a garage which can typically fit up to 15 people. Another thing to consider is the time and date of your LAN party, try to find a time when all of your guests will be free and decide whether it will be over night or during the day time. When deciding how many guests will be coming consider the size of the area you plan to have your LAN and how much money you are willing to spend. Games are also important for a LAN party consider the genre (racing, first person shooter, real time strategy) and suss out with your guests what kind of games they would like to play and ultimately the guests will decide anyway.
When setting up a LAN there are three key things to think about, cater for and provide. Power, network connection and food. When setting up a LAN consider separating these three things (no one wants soft drink split on there computer) this could be achieved by having a separate food table and keeping power connections on the floor and network connections on the table- this is one simple step which is guaranteed to make your LAN much more organized. So you have decided you location, time, size and games no is time for the more detailed planing. A good way to do this is by roughly counting the number of power points, LAN connections. power boards, LAN cables, extension cables, tables and network switches that you will need. This can be achieved by taking the number of guests, working out how many ppts and LAN connections they will use ect. After this it is a good idea to draw a small plan of the room and map out your network. Remember to consider dedicated servers. After you have done this check and see if you have the necessary equipment and if you don't consider asking your guests to lend you some. Don't make a purchase unless it is absolutely necessary.
|A power board|
2. The Network
|An Ethernet Cable|
What would a LAN party be with out food? Food is essential for LAN partys and always make sure there is plenty of it and it is served away from computers. Good foods for LAN partys include Pizza, Sausage rolls, party pies, pancakes, lollies, chips, soft drink, ice cream and Doritos. Consider asking guests to bring something to share and remember, keep food away from computers!
Setting up a LAN is not an easy job and can be quite costly so consider charging a small entry fee. The most important thing is to have fun!