Networking covers topics that involve connectivity between 2 devices - typically 2 computers or consoles (LAN). It also covers connectivity between a device and the internet at large.

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Why don't multiplayer games require you to open router ports anymore?

It used to be the case that you had to open ports on your router to play some multiplayer games. I haven't had to do that in many years -- pretty much every game works online out of the box. What ...
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What's the difference between lag and jitter?

I've noticed nowadays that games (and people) only use the term 'lag'. Except, while playing BZFlag, I've noticed there's two notifications for latency (the proper term 'lag'); "Your jitter is too ...
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How can I watch 3DS Nintendo Video from another country?

I have an American 3DS, but I now live in Germany. The stupid media-licensing pillowfights are ruining my day, again. I just found out a bunch of great content is coming to Nintendo Video, and as ...
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How much data does SimCity transfer?

I live in an area without cable or DSL, so my home Internet connection is a Verizon LTE modem on a limited data plan. I'd like to get the new SimCity, but I'm concerned about how much data is ...
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Does Steam work through Tor or a VPN?

I talked to Steam Support about Steam Offline. I have been told: You can set up your Steam account to run in offline mode prior to connecting to your school's network […] you must allow ...
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Why is my PS3's internet so slow compared to my computer?

OK so I ran a speed test on my computer and my PS3. The results were stunning! Computer: 14.12 Mbps PS3: 0.89 Mbps When I ran this test I disconnected all devices except for the one that was ...
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Does ping matter much under 30ms?

I play Quake-Live a lot, and hear people claim that they miss or are at a disadvantage because their ping may be 30ms while the person they are playing with will have 20ms. Sometimes it seems even ...
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I can't connect to a friend's Minecraft server, but none of the usual culprits seem to be the problem

I'm trying to connect to a friend's Minecraft server, but I'm not able to do so. We've double-checked the usual culprits brought up in most Minecraft server tutorials, but we're still not having any ...
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Technical guide for setting up a LAN party?

Are there any good how-to or technical guides for setting up a LAN and/or any other sundry issues surrounding putting together a LAN party? The greener the intended audience the better. (I am fairly ...
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How can I connect to the same server in Agar.io? [duplicate]

Choose any server Right click - Inspect element (or press f12) Click console From console copy the websocket ip -> 'ws://x.x.x.x/x' write connect("ws://x.x.x.x/x") example: connect('ws://123.122.199....
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Overwatch PNG, RTT and IND: How they affect gameplay experience

On PC, when CTRL-SHIFT-R is pressed, PNG, RTT and IND appear. I suppose PNG stands for ping. What do RTT and IND mean, and how do they translate to gameplay experiences? Are the numbers related like ...
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Comprehensive list of network ports used by popular games and platforms

I'm a network administrator at a small residential college. Right now our firewall is set to have all network ports open by default, with a few exceptions. Unfortunately, bittorrent traffic has ...
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Does the XBox360 enforce a maximum ping time when connecting to Xbox Live?

I have had continuing and intermittent problems connecting to XBOX live using my wireless network. It connects fine to the network on the diagnostics screen, but frequently has trouble making the ...
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How to assess amount of network traffic generated by an online game?

The question is in the title - is there some (hopefully non-intrusive) tool, or a site that lists average traffic consumption for popular games? A friend of mine would like to play with me, yet he is ...
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XBOX 360 in the Hotel

I want to connect my Xbox to the hotel network. I am using my laptop to connect the xbox to the network. At this point I have 2 options - to bridge or to use ICS. Which is better? I have tried both ...
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What ports need to be opened to play multiplayer reliably?

So I'm trying to configure my firewall to open the right ports needed to play multiplayer. According to Ubisoft's Support page: ...you will need to configure your router or firewall to allow the ...
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How can I resolve a 3DS networking issue?

I can't seem to connect my pokemon x game to my network, even though I have tried using both my guest network and my secure network. Both of them are WPA secured (I believe, I can't check right now, ...
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“Failed to Bind Port” Minecraft Server

I started a local Minecraft server on my Windows XP computer, but didn't shut it down correctly once finished by using the stop command. Now when it starts up, it says "Failed to bind port 25565. ...
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What ports does Clash of Clans use?

The wifi at my office blocks Clash of Clans. They're usually pretty open to unblocking applications but I need to know what ports CoC uses.
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How can I troubleshoot high latency issues with StarCraft:BW?

A couple of friends and myself have been trying to play StarCraft: Brood War on Battle.net, but every time we try to join each others' game we always get a 'High Latency Issue' and full red bars next ...
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How do I solve or bypass ISP mistakenly throttling Ashen Empires as P2P activity?

When playing Ashen Empires recently, I've been experiencing uncommon and severe lag spikes and very frequent disconnects. After over a week of testing, I've narrowed the problem down to my ISP ...
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Is it possible to circumvent the port-forwarding requirements for GFWL?

We're trying to play Dead Rising 2 on the same LAN, only to learn that Games for Windows Live expects you to forward 4 ports from your firewall to the PC. Obviously this isn't going to work in our ...
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Can my friend and I use my (singular) save game on the LAN?

My friend and I started playing BL2 in a LAN centre this evening for a bit of fun. We got some way into it, then his machine restarted, which meant his save game was lost (as the LAN centre machines ...
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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Android app stopped connecting to PC version running on Windows 10

After a recent beta update via Steam, the pip boy app (on Android) stopped working. It is able to detect my PC, and initially says 'success', then immediately says connection error. It used to work ...
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Does a Playstation 3 support Jumbo Frames?

So I basically want to transfer some media from my PC to the Playstation 3 over my Gigabit Ethernet network. I noticed my transfer speeds aren't that hot, and I verified that I DO have a Gigabit ...
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Strict NAT in Torchlight 2 & Dead Space 3

In both Torchlight 2 and Dead Space 3 I get the message "Strict NAT Detected". I can play online in Torchlight 2 but it's slow. Dead Space 3 can't connect to other players at all. I've forwarded the ...
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How to fix rubber band network lag?

I am playing Saints Row the Third with my friend co-op on PC, using the LAN feature. When playing and say if my friend is driving, there is extreme rubber banding (where the car/objects rubber band [...
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Don't Starve Together LAN MP

So, I am playing Don't Starve Together in offline mode, and I would like to play with my friends at our LAN parties. The problem is that the server I host won't show up. What I tried: Hamachi Show ...
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How can I recover a disconnected Warcraft 3 multiplayer game?

When playing Warcraft 3 multiplayer maps, there exists the option to save the game. The caution is given that only the original players are able to rejoin the map. I have discovered that a map saved ...
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How should I set up my network and port forwarding to be able to host Halo PC multiplayer games?

I've never been able to host a public multiplayer game in Halo PC - whenever I try to, it never appears in the games list and other players can't connect to my game, even by inputting a direct IP. I ...
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PS4 drastic connection speed drop recently

Before I start, YES, I know that there are 101 pages of similar problems and similar error, but no clear steps are given, nor explanations. So: We have had our PS4 for 6 months, and in that time i ...
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Does router speed affect ping?

I currently own a 150mbps router and I am playing to MW3 on PS3 with about <75ms - <100ms ping. Does getting a new 300mbps router make a big difference? Would it reduce my lag?
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Friend can’t connect to my Diablo 2 LAN game

When I host the game my friend can’t connect to me. Our IP addresses are 192.168.1.100 and 192.168.1.101. When I run a second instance of Game.exe I can connect myself without any issues. Both ...
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What settings need to be configured on my firewall/router to support XBOX Live connections?

What network and firewall settings are required to connect to XBOX Live through my home network? I had everything set up correctly and working but had to reset my router after a firmware upgrade and ...
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Sometimes enemy bleeds but no damage is done

When I play multi-player source game sometimes I have situation that I can see blood from hit but my opponent still has 100%HP. It is especially visible in CS:GO and DayOfDefeat. Why this happens?
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Playing Diablo 3 and WoW behind a DD-WRT router

My roommates and I like to play Diablo III and World of Warcraft at the same time, but we experience frequent disconnects. If one of the machines is in the DMZ on the router it doesn't disconnect ...
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Is it possible to access your PS3's hard drive over the network?

To bypass the lame external hard drive limitations for the PS3, is there any way one could access the PS3's hard drive over the LAN? Having a media server running on a PC works great in general for ...
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Network problem EA games

Last weekend I bought Red Alert 3 on steam with the intention to play it with a friend. I know the official servers are down, but it should be possible to play it via hamachi or other lan software. ...
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How to bind steam client to a different IP address?

So I have 2 network cards, and multiple networks (VPN, etc). What I want to do is bind steam client to one of my IPs, and bypass my VPN (because lag). I checked all the steam settings and launching ...
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Why is my wired Internet connection slow on my PS3?

My ISP connection is 30 meg down and 5 up. My PlayStation 3 is hardwired with cat5e. All of the PlayStation Network ports are configured and forwarded on my router. The test: Go to speakeasy with ...
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BL2 LAN coop doesn't work on PS3

I've been trying to find the answer to this problem for weeks with no luck. Every time a friend of mine and I try to play BL2 together from the same LAN ends in failure. It doesn't seem to matter if ...
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Input a 63-character WPA2 key on an Xbox 360S

I have a wireless network with quite a few devices. I just got a brand new Xbox 360S, 4GB version. My last console was a ColecoVision. I connected the Xbox to my router and it applied many updates, ...
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Can't get XBOX to recognize open nat

I've done a lot of google work to see if there is a solution to making my XBOX show up as an open nat. Still no luck. I have a Linksys WRT160N with v3.0.03 firmware. Here is what I have done so ...
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Warhammer 40k Retribution, unable to connect for coop play

My friend and I are trying to play Warhammer 40k Retribution together in campaign coop. When one of us accepts the others' Steam invite, the connecting player sees "Connecting..." then "Connection ...
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How can I get two Xbox 360's to be in “open nat” mode behind the same router?

I have two Xbox 360's, one WiFi and the other wired through the same Linksys E3000 router with DD-WRT (v24-sp2 (04/13/11) std-usb-nas firmware). Mine (the wired one, though hers has been wired in ...
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Wireless networking for Xbox 360

I'm moving from a one-story apartment to a two-story apartment and I'd like to place my router on a different floor than my XBox. However, my xbox doesn't have built-in wireless. Rewiring the ...
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Minecraft - Two servers, two subdomains, two ports, don't want to type in :port to connect

I have two minecraft servers, on sub-domains. www.server1.example.com and www.server2.example.com. server1 is port 25565, server2 is port 25566. When users want to connect to a non-default port in ...
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What is the most reliable way to connect two PlayStation 4 consoles over LAN?

I am going to be playing some local multiplayer with a buddy. The game is Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, and it supports local multiplayer. What is the most reliable way to set up a LAN session between ...
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What are the ports used by Magicka Wizards War?

I'm playing behind a proxy and would like to know which ports to open in order to be able to play Magicka Wizards War (and not Magicka).
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Can I use 4 Xbox 360 consoles in System Link mode on the same wireless network?

I was looking to have a Halo: Reach party with 16 people (4 Xbox 360s) at my house, but in talking to a friend, I became worried when he said he was not able to connect through the (Existing) wireless ...