DOSBox is capable of emulating the IPX (Internet Package Exchange Protocol), which was used for playing network games in classics such as Doom and Quake. In simplest terms, one computer acts as the games server to which other players can then connect. To get started, open the file “C:\Program Files (x86)\DOSBox-0.74 Options.bat” to access the DOSBox configuration. Scroll down to ipx=false and change it to true to enable IPX.
Next, open DOSBox on the machine you want to use as a server, and run the command ipxnet startserver . Ask each of the players on your local network to launch DOSBox and run the command ipxnet connect <ip> , where “ip” is the local IP address of the server. In Windows 10, you can find this by opening the Start menu, and searching for “Ethernet.” Select your network name from the menu. A window opens displaying your IPv4 address under “Properties.” You should now be able to host a match using the in-game options.