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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 red alert 3

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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Using Wii U on wireless network with username and password

I just moved into college, and the wireless network on campus requires a username and password. When I tried connecting my Wii U to the network, there was no field for username. Am I unable to connect ...
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Battlefield 3 problem connecting to same server on LAN

In Battlefield 3, I'm able to connect to a server with a first computer, but the second computer in the LAN will always keep on the "connecting..." phase. I think that happens because I was using the ...
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XBOX 360 - Networking test fails connecting to XBOX Live with ICMP Failure

I've been around and around, tried a number of things and I just can't seem to make any progress on this. Has anyone got any troubleshooting advice for getting past the dreaded ICMP error during the ...
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If I enable local play, will it disable internet?

On my 3ds, if I am playing with someone locally, I don't see the internet. Does this mean I have disabled it?
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How to join a LAN / IPX game on Diablo 1?

Recently some of my friends and I grew nostalgic about the original Diablo and realized we've never truly tried the multiplayer aspect of that game. So we set up a modern VPN LAN solution via tuungle ...
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Battlefield 3 Network Problems (Lag)

So a few weeks ago, I was playing BF3 as usual when everything suddenly stopped moving, everything froze and the game was shut down. I also got a blank error message on Battlelog which did not help ...
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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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Cause of mysterious PS3 connection drops and lag?

I'm having an interesting problem with my roommate's PS3. It was working relatively fine until I changed the router password. When I attempted to change the network configuration for the PS3 to use ...
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Internet functions appears disabled when game starts in the Atelier Plus games

On both Atelier Totori Plus and Atelier Mururu Plus, when the games boot, there's a system message stating that Internet/Network features were disabled. The games itself does not have any online ...
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What can cause internet Lag Spikes while streaming League of Legends?

Recently, I got kind of a lot lag spikes while using some internet programs at the same time. Now since I'd consider my connection speed as pretty good (10mbit up/100mbit down) and the problems are ...