OK, I'm still a little confused by the information in this thread. Is the following possible : 1) I have a 4-port Linksys Router connected to my cable modem, but for the sake of argument, I've neglected to pay my ISP and my service has been disconnected. 2) I have four machines connected to the Linksys router and we can all happily ping each other with the DHCP assigned IP addresses from the Linksys Router. We share files and printers with no problems at all. Life is good. 3) Can I host a Direct-IP game on machine #1 (the fastest machine among the four) and have machines #2 through #4 join the Direct-IP game I've hosted on the machine #1, or am I still forced to somehow communicate with the GameSpy server on Internet? I'm assuming that I shuoldn't need to worry about forwarding ports on my Linksys router if I don't plan on playing with anyone on the other side of my router, but the postings I've read seem to indicate that an Internet connection is still needed. Thanks for your time all.