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I want to talk to four friends in private while gaming. I know of Skype, but that is not ideal as "Push to Talk" is limited (I can't set it to my mouse 5 button).

I've heard of Teamspeak, but I need to pay for a server?

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I'm not familiar with teamspeak, but I know there are free mumble servers out there. –  Fambida Nov 11 '12 at 17:33

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The Teamspeak software is free of charge. You can setup your own server and use the clients as much as you want. Just download them from here.

But a Teamspeak server requires bandwidth and some other resources, so there are different service provider that charge you for a Teamspeak server.

That said, here are your options:

  • If you already have an own server / virtual server you can install the Teamspeak server and use it for no additional charge.
  • You can lease a professional Teamspeak server (just search for "teamspeak server hosting")
  • You can try a free / public Teamspeak server (just search for "teamspeak server public free")

Personally I own a virtual server and have setup my own Teamspeak server. It is not that hard to do.

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As far as I know, you can run a teamspeak server (And client) even on your PC alongside whatever game you want to play. It's not that resource-intensive. But you'll need either an external IP address or some sort of VPN to allow the others to join. Alternately, use Mumble (by and large Teamspeak equivalent) or RaidCall (basically like Skype, except with rooms and push-to-talk). –  Pvt. Grichmann Nov 11 '12 at 17:58
    
This is correct, but this will increase your delay significantly. The main purpose to use Teamspeak is so no user has to keep and maintain the connection to every other user. Your scenario might work for a few users, but will not scale to 50 people raid groups. –  ayckoster Nov 11 '12 at 18:06
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@ayckoster: Er, well that depends on the user's bandwidth. A user with FIOS probably has better upload speeds than most teamspeak rental servers, so they could easily host a server without any issues. –  BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Nov 12 '12 at 7:00

The TeamSpeak server software is completely free, but running it may involve additional costs, including a decent connection to the Internet with an upload speed from 1-3 Mbps. Don't worry, you can always tweak the voice quality if what you have isn't good enough. On top of that, you'll need a computer with plenty of RAM (hopefully more than 2 GB) so that you can run the server while playing.

Just remember to forward the necessary ports (9987 udp for voice, 10011 tcp for serverquery, 30033 tcp for filetransfer, and 41144 tcp for tsdns) on your router.

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