How to Play CS:GO on LAN without Internet

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I was searching over the internet to find a way to play CS:GO on LAN without Internet but could not find worthwhile solution. Thanks to one of my friend he told me the way. Now I am writing it for consumption of other friends who want to play CS:GO on LAN without internet.

This is only useful if you have 1 internet router / server computer but NO INTERNET. It will work without internet however your router will work as then main server. If you don’t have any router, then you will have to make 1 home network on one of the PC and then all friends have to connect to that. So lets go:

Everyone to start CS:GO normally.

For Host Computer

Step 1

Click the “Play” tab and then click “Offline with Bots.”

Play CS:GO on LAN without Internet

Step 2

Select the game-mode you want (for the sake of argument, I’ll set up a Death Match game). Then select the map you want to play.

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Step 3

Select an appropriate difficulty for the Bot players, then click “Go” when ready.

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Step 4

Wait for the team selection screen to load, and then pick the team you want to play. Now press “`” or “\” or whatever key you have selected for console to appear. When Console appears In the developer console, type “sv_lan 1” without inverted commas. This will enable LAN for other players to join.

Play CS:GO on LAN without Internet

Step 5

Now type “status” in console and look for the “udp/ip” line (it should be a string of numbers  resembling 192.168.#.#). Share this number with your friends. It is shown in image below.

Play CS:GO on LAN without Internet

For Other Player’s Computers

Step 1

If they haven’t done so all ready, ask them to get to Console by pressing “`” or “\” or whatever key they have selected for console to appear. When finished, ask them to type “connect [The IP you gave them]:27015“. Notice the space between “connect” and the IP address.

Step 2

Once you are done, you will join the game. You will see the bots playing, to join the game, just take control of any bot by pressing “e”

Trouble Shooting

  • It is normal, if done properly, for the loading screen to not change to the map loading screen for a few seconds. The error “Connection failed after 5 retries” should appear if done incorrectly. This error is attributed to a wrong IP; you need to recheck the IP address you have entered to connect. In case that is wrong, you wont be able to connect. It be something like this Connect[space]192.168.x.x:27015).
  • If done correctly, the map loading screen should appear, indicating that the connection was successful.
  • If you selected a wrong team in a LAN game, simply press “esc” and then go to select team and select a new team for it.

Enjoy CS:GO on LAN with your friends. 😀


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