Author Topic: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.  (Read 5033 times)

Hoople

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rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« on: September 16, 2008, 08:47:15 am »
Greetings all:
I'm quite interested in hosting in rFactor.  This not being able to host issue has been dogging me for a while now and I aims ta fix it!!
Hosting won't work in game or with a dedicated server.
I went to portforward.com and followed the instructions to a T for my router, a DLink 634m, including setting up a static IP address, and making sure the right ports were forwarded.
When I run a dedicated server and try to join my own game from the server's list, I get a "join time out" error.
With in game hosting my room won't show up on the list.  Racecast login succeeds, but the hosting test fails with the "Could not determine the status of your connection".
I also tried disabling both my sw firewall and antivirus.  This is with Vista btw.
I can't think of any more details I can include here, so I hope that some of you are able to help.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  If I've forgotten to include some important specs, please feel free to ask.
Ciao,
Hoople

[SJ]Byron

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2008, 08:57:40 am »
Sorry mate, I don't know the solution, but I do know that a lot of people, including me, have never managed to get it to work.

 :(

[SJ]Jarkko Rantajoki

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2008, 09:29:45 am »
Yeah same here.. never know if i can host or not, and cant find any reason. :(

[SJ]Marc Loukas

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2008, 09:42:52 am »
Since you followed portforward.com instructions i presume all ports are open. So, the problem after that usually is the joke of a hosting test rFactor makes you go through(plainly because there isn't a hosting test server anymore lol).
1.So, go to your player folder
2.then go to your Multiplayer.ini.
3. Scroll down to [ Multiplayer Server Options ]
4. Look for Announce Allowed=
         and Announce Host=
5. Set both to "1"

Usually that's the prob :). Hope I've helped ya.

Cheers
« Last Edit: September 16, 2008, 09:50:08 am by [SJ]Marc Loukas »

Hoople

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2008, 12:10:20 pm »
Thanks for the quick response [SJ] ML but that didn't work.
Any other ideas?  Anyone??
Ciao,
Hoople

[SJ]JuneBug

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2008, 03:18:41 pm »
Try joining your server by IP Address verses the lobby  ;) I have a dedicated on another computer on my LAN and it joins times out all the time from the lobby, but loads when I use IP.

[SJ]GT_Raycer

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2008, 03:24:51 pm »
Check your firewall permissions to make sure that the server application is allowed.

Also, if you can't get the port forwarding working properly, you might try setting a DMZ through your router. Just remember to reset your router afterward (take down the DMZ) because a "Demilitarized Zone" through your router effectively leaves your PC open. (as though the router isn't there)
« Last Edit: September 16, 2008, 04:36:30 pm by [SJ]GT_Raycer »

[SJ]MrDee

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2008, 04:02:36 pm »
Ran into this problem too. No matter what I do I cannot serve. Turned off firewall, anti virus's off. No go. Going to try the
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1.So, go to your player folder
2.then go to your Multiplayer.ini.
3. Scroll down to [ Multiplayer Server Options ]
4. Look for Announce Allowed=
         and Announce Host=
5. Set both to "1"

 method and see what transpires.

Thanks for the info [SJ]Marc Loukas.

[SJ]DieselJC

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2008, 05:03:33 pm »
Be sure the router has the correct IP typed into it in the "games" area where you open ports...if its a dynamic IP it can and most likely will change...I have static IP's set up on 2 of my Comps..My Gamer and My Server...My lap top I still have Dynamic.  Also this site is great for router settings and describes exactly how to set up a static IP

http://portforward.com/routers.htm


Hope this helps.

JC

[SJ]RockyC

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2008, 06:56:17 pm »
This funny, yesterday I was trying to set up a dedicated of my own and I am running into these problems. I followed the port forwarding steps and still it wouldn't work. Then I just tried Ray's idea and now it works. :) Thanks!

Now, does anyone know if there is a way to still host, but without setting up a DMZ?


[SJ]nissan man

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2008, 07:02:03 pm »
yup. when your opening ports in your router, make sure they are open for the correct ip. to make this a one time thing you may want to set up and static ip to the router so your computers ip doesn't change. in rFactor, you have 2 different ports to open, one for TCP and one for UDP.

then you can edit you multiplayer file of do the host test in game so you can set up the server. make sure you announce on matchmaker or it wont show on the server list.

[SJ]GT_Raycer

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2008, 07:03:05 pm »
If you are using a good third party firewall, you should have no worries while hosting.   :)  Still, it's best to remember to disable the DMZ after you're finished hosting.  ;)

[SJ]RockyC

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« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2008, 09:05:12 pm »
Well, I can now host!!!  :biggrin: :excited: And I do not need to enable DMZ!

Thanks for the help!

Hoople

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2008, 12:42:40 am »
Well, although my hosting problem isn't fixed, I'm glad that through this discussion at least one of us solved their hosting problem.

However  :grrr: my issue still isn't resolved.

I'm just about ready to do this the retarded way and bypass my router whenever I host.  :knockout: Actually, that's a lie!!  I really don't want to do that.  I'm wondering if anyone has has a DLink 634m router, or similar model.  Short of that, I'm going to take a  screen shot of my advanced tab router settings, and maybe you guys can look in the left margin side and see any settings that I might have missed.  My particular router is a fairly extensive model and has some pretty advanced features.

Just for the record, I did all of the things that were suggested by each of you i.e. mutiplayer.ini, dmz, disabling my firewall, using ipconfig /all to make sure that I do indeed have a static ip address, etc.

Hopefully one of you will see something that might have been missed.

Let's keep this kewl talk going!!
And thanks again to all who posted, will post and having read these posts will be able to solve their hosting issue(s).
Hoople


[SJ]JuneBug

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2008, 12:51:19 am »
If you all knew the trouble I had posting this you would all be  rofl at me...

 :biggrin:

Hoople, I hope this helps you out eh  :)

JuneBug

EDIT: May need to save these pics so they are a bit clearer :toker: let me know, I can always email em...
« Last Edit: September 17, 2008, 01:06:28 am by [SJ]JuneBug »

[SJ]Stein

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2008, 11:12:58 am »
Hoople, i think what you just tried to do in that last screen is just open up the ports by just opening 1 thread so-to-speak...

the screenies that junebug posted are i guess what you "should" have done.
I did just about the same with all the exception, if you open a port, do it ONE port at a time, i could do a range of ports as well, but that has never actually worked for me, i had to do it all 1 by 1.

Hope this helps in any way cowboy!


Mine is somewhat of a mess since i had a limited amount of ports to open, so i changed ports but kept the names sort of intact... or made up a name or two.. lol 

here's mine m8


Woof ~ Woof



[SJ]Kristof Huyck

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Re: rFactor hosting: Can't get it to work; details below.
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2008, 11:32:05 am »
Just try to add the ports in "Virtual Server" instead of port forwarding (both should do the same, but you'll never know...), nothing else (like DMZ) is needed imo