Setting Up Teamspeak 3 Server and Client Programs
Online multiplayer gaming is a thrill. Playing with your friends in some of your favorite games is a great way to stay in touch and have fun. Communication while playing games is essential to strategy and ultimately, success. One of the highest rated communication programs is Teamspeak. It is free and is easy to set up and begin using right away. Best yet, the program can run in the background, so you can enjoy your favorite games and not have to worry about all the software configurations or if it is compatible with your game. This article will explain how to set up and use the teamspeak program.
Downloading the Teamspeak 3 Server and Client Software
The first step is to download Teamspeak 3, which is the most up to date version. When selecting the version to download, you must choose either 32 or 64-bit depending on which is compatible with your operating system. If you are unsure if your operating system is 32 or 64-bit, follow these simple steps to find out. For Windows Vista and 7 users, click the Windows orb in the bottom left corner of the desktop. Right-click “Computer” from the list and choose “Properties” at the bottom of the list. Near the middle of the ensuing screen, it says “system” and here you will find information related to your operating system. If you have a 32-bit operating system, download the 32-bit versions of Teamspeak 3 client and server. The client download is in the executable (.exe) format and the server is in a compressed .zip format. Lets focus on the server first.
Setting Up the Teamspeak Server
Setting up the Teamspeak 3 server is very easy. Begin by extracting the files from the download. Thankfully, Windows has built in functionality for extracting files. Right click on the Teamspeak 3 server folder and choose “Extract All. . . ”. In the next screen, you can select the location for the extracted files. The location isn't terribly important just as long as you remember where it is.
Once extracted, double click the ts3server_win32.exe file. Please note that if you downloaded the 64-bit Teamspeak 3 server, the file is named ts3server_win64.exe. On the initial server startup screen, shown below, a Login Name, Password, and Server Admin Token is created.
It is important to write this information down or copy and paste it into a Word document so you have it in a safe place as we will be using it later on. Now that the server has been setup, its time to open the Teamspeak ports on your router.
Forwarding the Teamspeak Ports
First, we will need the default gateway address to access your router's features. Generally the default address is 192.168.1.1 however, this is not always the case. To find your default address, click on the Start icon in the lower left hand corner and choose “Run” for Windows XP Users and type "cmd" into the dialog box and press Enter. For Windows Vista or 7 users click the Windows orb and type “cmd” without the quotation marks directly into the search box and press Enter. This will take you to the command prompt dialog box. Next, type “ipconfig” without the quotations and press Enter. Information related to your IP address among other things will be listed including the default gateway IP address of the router. Shown below is the command prompt dialog box showing the gateway IP address as well as the IP address of the computer.
Open up your web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.) and type in “http:// followed by the default gateway address for your router and press Enter (for example, http://192.168.1.1). You will be presented with your router's homepage where you can adjust the settings. We need to open the ports Teamspeak uses so click on the “Applications and Gaming” tab and make sure the “Port Range Forward” tab is already selected.
Teamspeak 3 uses the 9987 UDP, 10011 TCP and 30033 TCP ports. Add these ports into the list making sure the proper protocol is selected (TCP or UDP). The IP address column is the computer you want the ports opened on, in other words, the computer that is going to have the server running on it. This IP address is listed as the Ipv4 Address in the command prompt dialog box after “ipconfig” is entered. Once you have all the ports forwarded, save the router settings and close your internet browser. Now it is time to install the Teamspeak 3 client program.
Installing Teamspeak 3 Client
Double click the TeamSpeak3-Client-win32-3.0.0-rc2.exe file (or TeamSpeak3-Client-win64-3.0.0-rc2.exe depending on the version you downloaded) and this begins the installation process. The program will ask you the location of where you want the files installed, I prefer using the default location of C:\\Program Files\TeamSpeak 3 Client, however, you can change this as long as you remember the location you have specified. Once installed, double click on the ts3client_win32.exe file or the Teamspeak 3 Client icon on the desktop. This opens up the program and presents the screen shown below.
Click on “Connections” from the menu choices above and then “Connect.” Here you will input the server's IP address, password, and a name to represent you in the server. The server password was shown during the initial server setup screen. Enter it into the proper line and enter the computer's IP address from the portforwarding steps listed above.
If you want to test whether the ports are being forwarded correctly, you can enter the external IP address and see if you can connect to the server. To find your external IP address, visit www.whatismyipaddress.com. Next to “IP Information” is your external IP address. If you enter the external IP address when trying to connect to the Teamspeak 3 server and you are able to join, this means everything has been set up properly. In order for your friends to join, simply give them your external IP address and the server password.
Setting up a Teamspeak 3 server is really a good idea. It is a great way to maintain communication with friends while playing your favorite games. Best of all, the programs required to use it are free of charge through www.teamspeak.com.
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