Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Enemy Territory.

OK...sorry to flog this to death but I think that this would be a fun game to try out. Anyone who wants to find out more about this game can head down to Enemy-Territory. Although it's based on the old Quake 3 engine, it's still a pretty good game multiplayer-wise and the objective based games are pretty good. Anyway, Fannwong can try install it in his Landlord's comp for now and try it out. (The windows disc with 2.60 patch should be with him.) Considering the fact that he's got the working Mac version on his comp, Mac users can also get it off him.

Also, been reading up and checking up on our Lag issues and apparently (shock/horror) WLAN games tend to suffer from signal drop out. Anyway, the suggested fix was to bring the wireless router downstairs to hook up the comps downstairs physically (through ethernet cables) while the upstairs computer was the only one linked through wireless. Fann, is that possible? Plus how many ports does your router have? I can bring my (presently defunct) 4 port switch/wired router as well on friday and I've got quite a few (3-4) cables lying around for people who don't have them. (This of course means that we'll need to turn up early/on time to set up...) So, anyone who has no cables (Pshrike, can you bring my ridiculously long cable from your place?) can you please announce it now?
If we're going to set up according to what was suggested, we also need to get the USB dongle that we had for Boxer (ye olde black box) set up for Fann's Landlord's comp. So Fann will need to do that.

OK...so: Things to bring on Friday:

1) Computer. (Laptops / Monitors)
2) Earphones.
3) Ethernet cables. (all who do not have these, put up your hands)


Blogger Fannwong! said...


i can't disconnect the office router and wifi equipment. and my landlord's assistant might be working on the pc that night. i will have my laptop however. anyone else got normal ethernet hub?

2:07 PM  
Blogger Packrat said...

Well...an 8 port switch will cost about $38. Does everyone want to chip in? Can split the cost.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Fannwong! said...

i'm ok with chiping in. but am curious about switch vs router, if the router is not that much more ex, maybe we should go router?

6:34 PM  
Blogger Packrat said...

Router: 4 port switch. Not enough for the whole lot of us...unless it's a wireless...then we have lag problems. Plus a wireless router = $120+

10:27 PM  
Blogger wahj said...

I'll have to dig for my old ethernet cable. The question is why only one computer suffered such horrible lag: can we mix wires and wireless? I much prefer doing it wirelessly, and the lag for most of us was acceptable. Don't mind doing it via router as well, so i'll go with majority opinion.

The other option to try is a computer to computer wireless network: T and I tried this before.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Packrat said...

You do recall the last time we tried an inter-computer system networking right?

The reason why we suffer from Lag, I suspect, is because we're all on a wireless network...which is usually not recommended for LAN gaming. (Recall that Pshrike at home regularly gets lagged quite badly.) I think that for our small network, we'll suffer from 1 person getting lag whilst the rest enjoy relatively lag free gaming...
(Recall that it was my computer first...and then Ludwig's)
For the games at Pshrike's, he gets lagged.

So maybe that's the problem. Anyway, I already checked with the experts at LANparty.com the viability of mixing wireless and wired connections. The recommendation was to have all computers except those who are out of range (i.e. upstairs) to connect physically to the wireless router while those out of range connect wirelessly.

And we know that with the fact that Fann's wireless router is all the way upstairs, it's quite unlikely that we're going to have 6-7 100ft cables running up to his router...

O well...we'll test the wireless on Friday. I'll bring cables in case.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Packrat said...

Don't really want to commit to buying more equipment but I just want everyone to enjoy lag free gaming. :)

10:28 AM  
Blogger Fannwong! said...

in that case, i rec that we go for the 8port switch, not that ex since we got so many folks.

2:20 PM  
Blogger wahj said...

I'll try to be there a bit earlier this time, but I don't finish work till 6pm, so probably won't be around for the initial set up.

Since someone has to be upstairs, shall we try splitting the teams into different rooms?

8:30 PM  

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