[OUTDATED] Creating your own server!

Discussion in 'Play-Tests' started by LetsRaceBwoi, Jul 30, 2015.

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  1. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    Creating a public internet server
    1. If you aren't sure about port-forwarding on your router, then try PortMapper - preferably one that works correctly; I use this build myself as I have found it relatively stable. If you haven't used it before check out this post here! If you get a message describing the software as 'malicious' from software such as Chrome, then you can most likely ignore it at your own risk.
    2. Port forward, using PortMapper, the port 37564 (TCP only).
    3. Go to noip.com. Create an account, and then click "Add a host". Choose a hostname that suits your preferences - for example, freeso-server-1378.zapto.org, or freeso.zapto.org.
    4. Make sure that the "Hostname Information" box is as follows except the hostname: upload_2015-7-30_21-45-6.png
      (Your IP will automatically appear in the box; it will not be blank.)
    5. Go ahead and click "Add host". Remember that, with a free account, you can only have up to three hosts at once.
    6. Launch your client, Charvatia (for advanced users) or third party server software and start a lot - for new users, I recommend using this lot since everything's set up for you. You share your hostname and people connect to your server using it, it's relatively simple! If you're using the normal FreeSO client, you will become a host as soon as you enter the lot. There is currently no way of changing the port number.
    7. You can join the Discord group and advertise your server in the "#general-sims" channel to let people in the group know when your server's up. You'll also get notified of new servers, new builds of FreeSO, and more! :)
    Creating a LAN server
    Creating a LAN server is a little less complicated; here is simpler method based on the previous revision:
    1. Press [WINDOWS KEY] + [R] and type in the "Run..." dialog "cmd", and press the OK button.
    2. In the command prompt window that will appear once you have run this command, type ipconfig.
    3. For this next step you'll need to know how you're connected to the internet. I'm connected through a wireless adapter, so I'm going to use the IP address from "Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection":
      upload_2015-9-3_19-51-25.png
    4. You can then launch your client and open up a lot - then, you can share your local IP (in this example, 192.168.1.72) with people on your network and they can connect.
    If this method does not work, please don't hesitate to contact me! :)
    Creating a server via VPN software (i.e. Hamachi, Evolve)
    Since I really don't recommend doing this (other users have to download third-party software, some software is difficult to use and they're all different in setup) I will never create a guide for this! It's bad practice to give up trying, so if your server isn't working check below :)
    Stuck?
    Try opening the port on your firewall - or even disabling it altogether while you host - as this is usually what the cause will be. Some other common issues are badly configured ports, so make sure that you've got those right first! If these are not your problems, shoot me a message with your problem along with your router model and I'll have a look for some fixes for you either over Discord, Skype or here on the forums - I'll try to answer as quickly as possible but I'm usually asleep or away after 2AM GMT so I probably won't answer after this point.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2016
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  2. zc456

    zc456 Well-Known Member

    Huh, PortMapper. Will have to keep that in mind. Nice guide.
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  3. AquilaSim

    AquilaSim Administrator Staff Member Moderator

    I put a sticky to this thread.
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  4. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    Yeah. It only works if your router has UPnP support (which is like, 99% of them) though but you don't have to use any credentials, such as admin passwords, you just need to be connected to the router. I've been using it for quite a long time now. It's extremely convenient and allows you to map an internal port to an external port; for example, if you had a server running on port 888 you could map it to 80 without any special config changes to the server.
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  5. nicefunfungirl

    nicefunfungirl Active Member

    Yes! I can't wait to try this... >;3
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  6. Simhrique0990

    Simhrique0990 Active Member

    What ports should I open to catch normally ??
  7. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    ?
    If you're asking what ports to open, you just need External and Internal to be set to 37564.
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  8. nicefunfungirl

    nicefunfungirl Active Member

    I decided to manually port forward since some reason the build you linked wouldn't detect my router. :p
  9. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    You must be one of the 1% that, for some reason, doesn't have UPnP.
  10. Blayer98

    Blayer98 Active Member

    Yeah, Another software I'd recommend is Simple Port Forwarding, as it does all the hard work for you, but it's quite complex in terms of buttons and everything
  11. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    But it doesn't work properly :/
  12. Blayer98

    Blayer98 Active Member

    it does for me, it can setup my port and host on SKY Broadband with no issues and also be able to test the port, which worked when I tried it.
  13. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    It still needs UPnP and probably uses the same method as PortMapper.
  14. zc456

    zc456 Well-Known Member

    4.1 If all else fails, check and add the ports to your Windows firewall.

    I'm hoping to be this to be rare case. Simple Port Forwarding, the app that Blayer suggested, is kinda what had me pondering this extra step and how I was able to host my lot.
  15. LetsRaceBwoi

    LetsRaceBwoi Well-Known Member

    Oh yeah I forgot about not having a firewall because it's pretty much built into my router...
  16. Marvin732

    Marvin732 Active Member

    Me too, i have Dual Stack Lite Connection with IPv4 and IPv6 :/ And when i want to open ports it works itself in the Router but when i test it, it is still closed
  17. mbppedro

    mbppedro Member

    I am the administrator of the Facebook page of the online sims Brazil, and the Brazilian people were very happy that managed to establish a small server to a set of test they are very excited, thank you to everyone for free the opportunity to create your own server on the computer!
  18. DukeLukum

    DukeLukum Member

    I'm confused by this, How do I launch PortMapper?
  19. Clonest

    Clonest Active Member

    Is there any more private way to open a server, perhaps port forward and somehow get it to work through Hamachi at least!?!? My dad wouldn't want just anyone gaining access to our network like that >.<
  20. nicefunfungirl

    nicefunfungirl Active Member

    I think its a bit easy to open a server,but i think i understand evolvehq.com better for that.
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