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Game Server connection requirements?

Discussion in 'PC Games' started by Bones, 16 Jan 2006.

  1. Bones

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Jan 2003

    Posts: 1,142

    Location: London

    I am thinking of running my own game server for Return to Castle wolfenstein (Quake3 engine) and was wondering if my connection will be enough to support at least 14 players. i have a 10mb line which i am sure is also 10mb upload aswell cos when i upload files onto ftp i get 1mb per sec upload.

    If this connection is plenty could i run multiple games like a Q4 server aswell for 3v3 matches? :D

    thanks
     
  2. Phil99

    Capodecina

    Joined: 29 Oct 2004

    Posts: 10,897

    Well, for this I'll assume you own the connection and have full access to the modem/router you connect through.

    1MB/s up is 8mbps, so yeah, that sounds right.

    That will easily cope with RTCW, probably up to 64 players (hell, I ran about 10 on 256kbps ADSL)

    All you need to do is point the appropriate range of ports to the server, though I forget what these are now.

    What is the connection by the way? If it's a Uni connection you stand approximately 0 chance of running a game server to the outside world most of the time.

    edit:

    Go for it! :D
     
  3. Bones

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Jan 2003

    Posts: 1,142

    Location: London

    lol busted!!!

    thanks for the help :)
     
  4. HangTime

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

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    Location: Hampshire

    A 10mbit connection should handle up to 64 clients without too much hassle (gives about 16k/sec each). Obviously if this is a shared connection that would need to be taken into consideration.

    However bear in mind that if your server gets full it will likely have quite a hefty cpu/memory requirement. A quick google suggests that you should have around 30mjz per client slot and 128meg free memory. So, something like a 2ghz cpu and 256meg ram should be sufficient, assuming it's a dedicated server.
     
  5. axer

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 Mar 2004

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    Location: Iwade, Kent

    16k/sec is a little overkill, older games require only about 3-5k upstream at the most
     
  6. HangTime

    Man of Honour

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    Indeed, but I was under the impression that RTCW had maxclients 64 anyway :).

    Also bear in mind that while 3-5k/sec seems ok as an average, peak bandwidth usage on a server with a large number of clients can exceed that, e.g. if a large number of players are in a big open space together shooting particle weapons. In cases like that some of the clients can be using upwards of 20k/sec, assuming the server and client both allow high enough rates.