I love playing Minecraft with my friends, but the problem sometimes is that there aren’t enough commands in the LAN mod to make it worthwhile. For example, there’s isn’t a /sethome command, meaning that my friends will end up having to walk all the way home, or teleport to one of us, in order to get back to our established base with ease. Sure, one of us could set a bukkit server up, but that’s a lot of tedious work, just for something so simple. With bukkit, you will have to find plugins, add permissions, and a whole lot of other things. This will take well over 30 minutes to do. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be playing Minecraft, rather than setting a server up.
Thankfully, there’s theReal LAN Mod! TheReal LAN Mod is a mod that makes it so you have more control over your LAN server, such as being able to ban and kick players (maybe people that are on the same WiFi network as you are, and just happen to be playing Minecraft), as well as add commands such as “/sethome” and “/home”. Basically, this mod will allow you to have a basic custom server, complete with everything that is expected from servers like these. Since this mod only takes a couple of minutes to install, it’s much better than configuring a bukkit server.
This mod, as stated a bunch of times before, is very useful when it comes to creating a LAN server. For example, let’s say that you and your friends decided that you want to mine all together in one area in order to maximize the amount of ores you collect in that certain area. Without this mod, you will end up having to walk out of that cavern, constantly retracing your steps. This can pose a problem because of the fact that the entrances and exits look almost the same. Thanks to this mod, you can just set your home beforehand, and just teleport back.
All in all, this mod is pretty cool, and is recommended for anyone who likes to play Minecraft with their friends through the use of LAN.