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Discussion in 'Games' started by Sherry22160, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. Sherry22160

    Sherry22160 Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I have Virtual Skipper 4,we connect to the VSK Game Server to either join a game or Host a Game.When we Host we affectively become the Server for that Game.

    I have to open TCP/IP and UDP Port 2350 to Host a Game.

    My question is:

    Do we "Have" to have a Static IP to "Reliably" Host Games or can we use "Dynamic" IP to host.

    What are the Advantages/Disadvantages either way........
     
  2. Couriant

    Couriant Trusted Advisor

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    The only con here is that with dynamic IP address, the IP address may change and then your clients won't be able to connect. At least with the static IP address, your clients won't have to worry about the IP address changing.

    So really any server SHOULD have a static IP address.
     
  3. Sherry22160

    Sherry22160 Thread Starter

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    Ok, Yes that's right
    But tell me this....

    When I connect the IP Address stays the same throught the Internet Session whether it be for 10Min or 5Hrs.....is this part true.

    So when I connect to the Game Server my IP whatever it is will remain throughout the Hosting sesion so as I do not have specific clients as such as anyone online at that time can join..

    So under this senario is it still a dissadvantage to have a Dynamic IP.
     
  4. Couriant

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    Correct. Usually most games will ask for an IP address. If they have an IP address you gave them, but the server received a different one at some point (when the lease expired) then they won't be able to connect. Now that's on the LAN side. If it's coming through the internet, that may be different, though you would HAVE to have static in order for it to work due to NAT and port forwarding. But that's something different if you are not going through the internet.
     
  5. Daredeval756

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    You can use a dynamic for hosting, but if your clients add you to their favorites list, and you ip changes they will have to find you all over again.
     
  6. Sherry22160

    Sherry22160 Thread Starter

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    Ok ,I think I have it,

    I believe my Router is assigned a "Static" IP by my ISP,but in my Internet Protocol TCP/IP I have it so it will "Auto" assign and IP and DNS Server.

    I can host games with this setup,all seems to work.
    But the Game Forum seems to suggest a Staic IP will be more reliable for long term hosting.
     
  7. Couriant

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    OK, so your 'clients' has the ISP address which is what they need. However you will need to have a static address on the server because you will need to forward the gaming traffic to that server. I would suggest changing the IP address to a static one.
     
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