Monday, June 18, 2007
Overnight, Walloc and I successfully connected up for an online HW battle. The connection was extremely simple when using the Hamachi Virtual Lan software. Of course, there was the occasional internet lag problem, but it wasn't so bad as to make things difficult. Biggest thing to get used to, is not to be in a hurry to select an action, because if might be applied to the next unit, instead of the one you think you are applying it to.
For those interested in trying the Hamachi software which is (Free), here's the link: www.hamachi.cc
They give excellent information on how to set it up, which is relatively simple even for a network dummy like me. They even have various firewall pictures for the most popular firewall software to show the relatively simple exceptions to be made in your particular firewall settings to allow it to work. In my case, using ZoneAlarm, it was 2 real simple changes.
Nice thing was, even though I am working thru a router with a dynamic IP, there was nothing to have to work with regarding that mysterious thing called Ports. Since the Hamachi software actually creates a virtual LAN, you just use the Hamachi IP address displayed prominently on the Control Box, instead of the actual dynamic IP address that your system may be using.
When setting up a game of FoF, the host gives his Hamachi IP address to his opponent, then enters FoF and starts a Remote Game. When the "Game Setup" box appears, go ahead and choose "Internet TCP/IP Connection for Direct Play". At this point a second box, "Locate Session", appears in which you place the "Hamachi IP address of the Host machine". If you are going to be the Host, you just cancel this box out of course and proceed to the "Multiplayer Setup Screen".
Note: even though the Hamachi software is a virtual LAN, the "Internet TCP/IP Connection for Direct Play" is the choice that works, using the Hamachi IP as stated above. Do NOT use your own IP when using the Hamachi software.
Rasmus (Walloc) and I will provide screen shots if necessary, for those who may still be having difficulty understanding how to set it up, but I doubt there will be too much confusion since I was able to do this without any previous online Multiplayer experience. In fact, the only thing I have ever done with my router was to set up Wireless Security settings and codes, and in the setup of this Hamachi software I did not have to make any setting changes in my router at all, which is the usual situation for 95% of the people who are using Hamachi thru a router.
Walloc, can provide you with his observations and game behavior while using this connection, but my first impressions are super favorable. We are going to perform a second test using more than one battle later on today, and also resumption of a saved battle if possible. I hope that's actually possible, because that would be the icing on the cake regarding playing FoF in HW multiplayer mode.
I'll be back later (Gotta get some sleep, since we tested this overnight). Take it from here, Rasmus
Regards to all you future Multiplayer FoF opponents out there.
You've GOT to hold them back!