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    Online games on uni connection

    I've got a problem playing online games on the university campus connection in my halls of residence, need some ideas or help fixing it.

    When ever I attempt to connect to any servers through server browsers in CSS, TF2, COD4 etc I loose Internet access, LAN still works though. If I do the same through a VPN to my home network I don't get those problems but with the annoyance of a 100ms ping.

    I know whats causing the problem, but not how to circumvent it. I sent an email to tech support and I got this reply:

    (Names ***** blanked out intentionally)

    Thank you for your enquiry. Generally, we don't mind users playing networked games across ***** - We do understand that users aren't going to spend all their time working and need to relax occasionally.

    There are a few things you need to bear in mind, however:

    While we don't mind you running networked games (such as World of Warcraft) over *****, we can't actually support them if you can't make them work - even if some feature of our network prevents them from working. Less obviously, if we run into network problems, we will prioritise work use of the network over leisure ones.

    The above also means that even if a game currently works, we can't guarantee that it will continue to - we continuously work to improve the quality of service over *****, and we may change the network for operational reasons in way that may affect certain games without notice. This also means that if you choose pay a subscription fee for a game service, you do so entirely at your own risk. We cannot and will not reimburse you if your game doesn't work or stops working.

    It is important that you set up your game so that it looks to a specific server, not to scan the network for all servers or players. If it scans for servers, this will look like an attempted virus attack to our automatic virus-protection measures. The system will then automatically block your network access as a precaution to protect other users for up to two hours without any intervention on our part. Please configure your software to look for the specific IP address of the other computers playing or the main server for your game to prevent this.

    Our firewall blocks certain access ports to our network to protect the users from known malware and hacking attacks. If one of the ports blocked stops your game from working, them I'm afraid we prioritise the protection of our users, and you are unlikely to get that port opened.

    Finally, the points above all refer to playing on-line games using your PC. At this time, users aren't able to play online games on a games console such as the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, even if they connect through their computer. We are currently trying to find a way to allow these devices to work on our network without affecting network stability or compromising the safety of the network (and other users) - if we can, we’ll allow access to these devices, but protecting the network and our users comes first.
    Despite the list above, I don’t want to sound as if we don’t like games – we are happy to allow on-line games and many users are currently using these games on **** without problems.
    What do you suggest I should do?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Online games on uni connection

    Quote Originally Posted by DDY View Post
    I've got a problem playing online games on the university campus connection in my halls of residence, need some ideas or help fixing it.

    When ever I attempt to connect to any servers through server browsers in CSS, TF2, COD4 etc I loose Internet access, LAN still works though. If I do the same through a VPN to my home network I don't get those problems but with the annoyance of a 100ms ping.

    I know whats causing the problem, but not how to circumvent it. I sent an email to tech support and I got this reply:

    (Names ***** blanked out intentionally)



    What do you suggest I should do?

    Thanks!
    Well I'm assuming that your at an university in England so you can only really be connecting to one network so here goes;

    At my university there is access, upon application to a Unix machine which sits on the other side of the firewall which blocks ports most often required by games.

    Once you have been given access to this server using putty to get shell access over SSL you can forward the required ports directly to this sever by-passing all the firewall rules they have in place.

    Hope this can be of some help to you, this worked for me when I was an undergrad living in campus accommodation. But that was some time ago.

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    Re: Online games on uni connection

    buy a VPS (100mbit) and proxy all that you do

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    Re: Online games on uni connection

    Do you have a VPN connection available to you to use from your uni? When I was in halls, this allowed us to get access to games and things which were blocked through the network. Because it should be quite local and have a very high speed connection, it should be quite fast.

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    Re: Online games on uni connection

    Your freedom is a way round this, a subscription based proxy service which will allow you to do whatever you want, slightly higher then normal pings but I'd imagine a end result then your current vpn to your home.

    http://www.your-freedom.net/

    My friends used it when they were addicted to WoW and it worked fine for there long 'sessions'.

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    Re: Online games on uni connection

    I started university last week and I was pretty worried about the internet. Im at campus so at peak-times there could be around 2000 students using the internet. =S

    However when I got here and first thing is fired up Vent, Guild Wars and CSS.
    The Ping = God-like:

    Vent: either 0 or 16
    Guild Wars: lowest 50, highest 200
    CSS: around 20

    At home mine tend to be alot higher.

    So then the obvious next step was to try a torrent. Code Geass R2 ep23 = 340mb

    Went like hell: 2.6 Mb/s

    Finish in under 2 minutes and Bittorrent was telling that the port was blocked. lol

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    Re: Online games on uni connection

    Thanks for your replies so far, just for future reference this is at Surrey University, if you're going to live in halls, don't expect to play online games, at least until I figure this out. On the bright side it leaves more time for other activities .

    @circuitmonkey, Judging by the email I received I'd doubt they'll grant me shell access to the firewall, too much of a security risk I guess.

    @adam1701, if I had enough money to do that, I'd rather be living in my own house with my own Internet connection...

    @nickster, as already mentioned in my OP, I can play games as normal if I connect to my home VPN but pings are too high for any decent spot of FPS gaming, may try digits suggestion though.

    @digit, I'll give that a try, let you know how it goes.

    @Infinite, lol, 2.6MB/s oh yeah? Well I can do 10MB/s!



    Pings can be as low as 4ms on the uni connection but shame I can't game with that (at the moment hopefully).

    BTW, I don't carry out any illegal activities e.g. pirate torrenting, even if I wanted to legitimitely torrent the ports are probably blocked. However, downloading files off sourceforge for example is blisteringly quick, did a full 700MB linux disto in less than two minutes a few days ago.

    EDIT: Connection via VPN stats,

    Last edited by DDY; 22-09-2008 at 01:00 AM.

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    if you were really that desperate, I'm sure you'd pay £5 a month for a VPS. That way, you could encrypt everything you do.

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    Re: Online games on uni connection

    I don't want to pay anything in addition to the rent which I'm just about coping with at the moment, there's so much to do anyways and I can go a few months without playing online if it comes to that.

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    Re: Online games on uni connection

    Ask other students at university? Wander to the CompSci department...I'm sure someone has found out how to make it work.
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    Re: Online games on uni connection

    The Surrey IT guys are all right as far as I know, we use to play weekly games of RTCW:ET with some of the post-grad students, with them connecting to our server on our campus, they where always pretty cool with it.

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    Re: Online games on uni connection

    Quote Originally Posted by DDY View Post
    @circuitmonkey, Judging by the email I received I'd doubt they'll grant me shell access to the firewall, too much of a security risk I guess.
    A quick google search and I came up with these two servers, wouldn't be at all surprised if you couldn't use one of them for port forwarding.

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    Well that was a torrent and I have never seen one go that fast ^^



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    Re: Online games on uni connection

    Welllllllllll, you win this one... But I'll get you back sooner or later , just had a chat to a computer science student who does have access to the servers but port forwarding may be another issue, he's figuring it out as I type. The servers actually have a net connection of well over 100Mbps, just need to run speed test on one of em
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