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    Ice_169th



    posted 03/04/2004 02:49

    Some of you would know i run a server in Hyperlobby.

    Running a server well for Lo-Mac is not a straight-forward task. There are many things that can crash a server or make it a Warp-Fest. It also needs top of the line hardware like my laptop i bought specifically for the task.
    P4 3.2GHz, 1024 DDR400 RAM, Radeon 9600128MB, etc.etc.
    synchronous ADSL 512/512kbp/s

    Very early on the 169th experimented with diferent network settings and it became obvious that 28.8 for server as well as hosts made for the best online connection for more than 8 players. Here is a Link to our original findings.
    http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/6/ubb.x?a=...606&m=31410409

    Since then We've had to Battle with Bandwidth hogs. People who on there own, without experimenting have decided that they know beter than us and Ignore the Session Information or even direct requests by hosts and othe players.

    Because of this I've had to try different ways of dealing with this problem. We devised a way to secure the server by passwording it, making all players register to our home page http://169thpanthers.net and reading some rules and agreeing to them before receiving the password. This worked quite well but it was difficult to get good numbers of people flying at once. something else had to be done. After some research in Google i found 2 very useful tools. Bandwidth Monitor Pro and TCPView. Both free and easy to use, I could now monitor bandwidth usage and The ip adress of all players joining and leaving my server.

    Now the reason for this post. I can now PROVE that players joining on higher settings than 28.8 Do suck up the bandwidth. They may not warp and everything may look just fine to them, but as soon as they start to fly the needle will increase by up to 100kbps. when set at 28.8 the average usage for 1 player is les than 10kbps.

    So if you are one of these people who will ignore the requests of the server, dont be surprised if the next time you try to join you cant. Being able to track ip's live and bandwidth means that i can make a rule in my Firewall to ban that ip from connecting.

    All I ask is people Read the Brief, Connect at 28.8, and respect the Rules. If the loadout says "DO NOT CHANGE" thats exactly what it means. The server may also ask a player to reboot.

    thankyou for reading





    Thanks to Ice from the 169th!
    Jex.


  • #2
    Re: 28.8 for internet play

    I remember Fanatik saying something about this since it worked for Falcon 4. It made everything screwy when we tried it. I don't know if the setting was related but I guess we can try it again.

    - It's who you game with.

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    • #3
      Re: 28.8 for internet play

      Ya copy that way back when we first started playing fanatic told us to set the connection speed to 28.8. since then i've been telling everyone i've trained to do the same thing:) Good to post it tho incase ppl have forgotten or were not told:)

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      • #4
        Re: 28.8 for internet play

        Ok, being a total computer dummy, where exactly do I set my connection speed to 28.8?

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        • #5
          Re: 28.8 for internet play

          it's right in the network connection screen where you input the IP you want to connect to. it's at the bottom of the first box:)

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          • #6
            Re: 28.8 for internet play

            Also this only applies to 2 conditions.

            1) for more than 8 players and...

            2) for those that don't have a TG server to play on :)

            lol
            Jex.

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            • #7
              Re: 28.8 for internet play

              So, the way I read it even if we're on TG there is no advantage to cranking up the connection speed setting. Is that right?
              New to TG?

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              • #8
                Re: 28.8 for internet play

                I think we're fine the way we've been playing. We don't experience lag that often and if we do it's at the beginning so a reconnect usually fixes it.

                - It's who you game with.

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