Luckily, players who are looking to branch out from single player can take their mining experiences to the next level with LAN or online multiplayer worlds. These two world types have specific purposes and features, and we’ll show you how you can quickly connect to both.
A LAN world is essentially a game that can only be reached by other members on your network/switch. It is not technically “online,” but it allows multiple people on a local network to play simultaneously in one world. A LAN world is ideal for players who live in the same household or physical get-togethers.
An online world is hosted on a server that supports remote online connections. Clients connect to the server via internet connection, and this allows players from virtually all over the globe to play together in one world.
Getting started with a LAN world is simple and can be completed in just a few moments. You can configure your client to accept LAN connections before you play, or you can open your world to LAN connections while playing. These two methods are outlined below.
Method 1. Configure your game to accept LAN connections. Load into Minecraft, and select the “Options” button from the main menu. Ensure both “Multiplayer Game” and “Broadcast to LAN” are switched on. Lastly, select the world you want to play and proceed to load it.
Method 2. Open your current world for LAN connections. While in a single player world, pause your game and choose the “Open to LAN” option. In the following menu, you can make any necessary modifications to the world and enable cheats, if you wish. Be sure to copy the IP information of the world.
When a world has been opened for LAN connections on your local network, other clients can connect to it. They can either use the IP information that was given at the time the world was opened to LAN connections, or they can easily scan for the world using their own clients. Connecting to a LAN world is as easy as navigating to the game’s main menu, selecting “Play,” choosing the “Friends” tab, and selecting the LAN world from the given list.
Fortunately, connecting to an online server is just as simple as connecting to a LAN server, provided you have the details of the server in question. These are a few quick steps for playing in an online world.
Servers cannot be browsed from Minecraft, you must already know of an existing server, and its details must be given to the game in order to locate it. Therefore, it’s a good idea to start by researching websites with server listings. Some servers have their own websites, while others are simply features on server lists. The server you ultimately choose will come down to personal preference.
If it helps, you can create specific profiles for various servers that you like. This way, you can easily switch version details on the fly if you plan on regularly playing on more than one server.
Enter the IP address into the “Server Address” field. For the server name, provide the server’s name. It doesn’t have to be exact, but it will help you recognize it later. Choose “Done” to confirm the server details and add the server to your list.
At this time, your client will use the information you provided to establish a connection the server. If the information for the server was entered correctly, it will likely load in, and you’ll be able to immediately begin playing. If you receive error messages, check the server details a second time. If you receive a message about an incorrect client version, ensure that your client version matches that of the servers.