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« on: July 10, 2008, 12:30:54 PM »

Ultimate Multiplayer Fixes


There are 3 Main methods to Connect to each other.
1) Use GameRanger  
http://forum.dark-omen.org/multiplayer/gameranger-a-new-place-to-play-dark-omen-online-t157.0.html

2) The Host providing their Public Router Ip to Opponent (see Step 4)

3) Both players use Hamachi and join these networks:-

Dark-Omen2           password = darkomen
Dark-Omen3           password = darkomen    
Dark-Omen4           password = darkomen
                      

Then if u are Hosting via Hamachi or Router IP then -
Start the game and go to Multiplayer, PlayTCP/IP-Connection for DirectPlay and Connect but as Host u leave the next box blank/empty and choose to Create a Game.

(For Host = Blank/Empty but Join = Insert Host IP)



Your opponent can then Right Click Host's Hamachi Name and Copy IP before Starting Game or request the Host's Public Router Ip address, (see Step 4) and Start up their Dark Omen game and go to Multiplayer and also select TCP/IP but will Paste/Insert in the Host's Hamachi IP to try and Join the Hosted game. If it does successfully Join the Hosted Game, Wait until both players can Type and Chat to each other and select a MAP (Have u both Got Map PACK INSTALLED? ) before pressing Fight, to Launch the game. Then if it Loads the Game remember to press T to Talk on the Battlefield.









However, if u receive the usual error of "can not Join the Selected Session"-Failed to Connect to Opponent





To Fix Error both Players Must do Step 1 and Step 2. and Ideally Step 3 (if Possbile) and Step 5 if required.

Remember to  Take Turns to be Host.

Step1) Allow eng_rel.exe and dplaysvr.exe through the firewall as Exceptions on both Windows Firewall and Personal Firewalls, or temporarily Disable Firewall and Anti Virus /Defender in Control Panel -> Administrative Tools->Services->Windows Firewall and any Other Personal Firewalls and some Anti Virus can cause LAG). Turning Off Firewall doesn't stop the Firewall service from still running, so Please Stop and Disable it in Control Panel Services.

Step2) Open Hamachi ports by clicking on Hamachi -> System -> Prefernces ->  Settings -> Peer Connections and find both UDP and TCP and enter 12975 for both (Hamachi's Central Server Port) then Restart Hamachi. This has fixed many connections and maybe all u require, so please Take Turns to Re-Host and test.

Step3) If you have Security Acess to your Router Open/Allow ports 2300-2400 TCP and UDP and 47624 TCP and also UDP and TCP 12975 to allow Hamachi (try typing in 192.168.1.1 into your Browser address bar) This is the probably the Best way to fix any issues but unfortunately is complicated and the physical Router maybe secured away and some members play using a USB Modem Adaptor and since every Router has its own Configuration settings, it is the Hardest Fix to implement.

If Still get Error or Can't See Host Game

Step 4) Provide your Opponent your Public Router IP -see below for full explanation

Step5) Force Bind IP in Hamachi – Please read this website and download the file on Step 11 of the following website and Remember only use Forcebindip when Joining, Never when Hosting.

http://www.sc2gg.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=163&hl=hamachi

To Download and install this

http://www.r1ch.net/stuff/forcebindip/download/ForceBindIP-1.2-Setup.exe
See more Details Below in Full Explanation

Step 6) Promote Hamachi Network on your PC.

Basically we want to make Hamachi at the top of the list.

For XP Start->Control Panel->Network Connections, then on the Menu bar, click Advanced->Advanced Settings and put Hamachi at the top of the list.

For Vista Start->Control Panel->Network and Sharing Center, then on the left side panel, click on
Manage Network Connections. Now Press Alt, click on Advanced->Advanced Settings and put Hamachi at the top of the list.










Full Explanation[/size]:



History
Due to modern Router and Firewall and Anti Virus Security it can make connecting Online Multiplayer Dark Omen Games, slighty harder. Therefore Gamers of many different games, have to use Alternative methods, such as configuring their Routers and Firewalls /Anti Virus or use other products like Hamachi or Game Lobbies (Game Ranger) to allow Dark Omen to run and play with friends. So you can Quickly try and attempt to re-join their Game by asking the Host to provide you with their Public Router Ip to test (Step 4)

If u still can't see or connect to them, after trying Normal Hamachi or their Public Router Ip and taking Turns to Host. Then It's very Easy to Fix by allowing Firewall exceptions (Step1) and opening Hamachi Ports (Step 2)  or Disabling Firewall and Antivirus/Defender. This allows you to Host and Join Games without the usual Error. If you still can't Join a Game then it is probably because the Host hasn't done Step 1 and Step 2 or  Step3 and still has a Firewall or Anti Virus still running or simply can't Configure/Open Router Ports (Step3).

To Solve this you will have to download and use Step 5 (Forcebindip) to Join their Hosted game until they Allow Firewall Exceptions and Open Hamachi Ports (Step 1 and Step 2 ) or temporarily disable their Anti Virus and Firewalls (in between games). It is just a case of patiently testing each Step and take turns to Host and Join but...


NEVER USE FORCEBINDIP TO HOST GAMES ONLY TO JOIN if Normal Hamachi Ip or Public Router IP FAILS


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Step 1) Allow eng_rel.exe (C:\Program Files\Dark Omen) and dplaysvr.exe (C:\Windows\System32) through the firewall as an Exceptions on both Windows Firewall and Personal Firewalls, or temporarily Disable Firewall in Control Panel -> Administrative Tools->Services->Windows Firewall. Otherwise dplaysvr.exe and eng_rel.exe have to be allowed on both personal andWindows firewalls. Disable Anti Virus if u experience Problems or Lag. Turning Off Firewall doesn't stop the Firewall service from still running, so Please Stop and Disable it in Control Panel Services.



Step 2) Open Hamachi ports by clicking on Hamachi -> System -> Preferences ->  Settings -> Peer Connections and locate both UDP and TCP and enter 12975 for both, then Restart Hamachi.



A Couple of years ago when we only had normal Hamachi and Router IP addresses to try, I researched solutions that advised opening these Hamachi ports which fixed many connection problems for many fans. Any players it couldn't help fix, would simply not be able to play each other! Until we were given Forcebindip hamachi to try and it has worked for many people, many times. (Tried and Tested)  and all of Star Craft use Forcebindip hamachi to connect and play each other, all around the world and it has proved many many times to work, for Dark Omen as well. Without it, i don't reckon we could get many players online, and yes the solution would be opening Router ports (Step4) if only all members could (some have no security access to it and some members are on USB Modem/Adaptors, etc and there are so many different types of Router that have individual settings).

This team of Counter strike players (using hamachi) find that opening Hamahci ports UDP and TCP 12975 actually reduces LAG. www.clockcrew.cc/talk/showthread.php?t=39551

Hamachi connects to a Hamachi Central Server on ports 12975 and in my experienced opinion it fixes a lot other gamer's problems. There are many many different configurations for hamachi for different games. http://archiv.raid-rush.ws/t-497128.html is my latest find.




Step 3) If you have Security Acess to your Router Open/Allow ports 2300-2400 TCP and UDP and 47624 TCP and also UDP and TCP 12975 to allow Hamachi (try typing in 192.168.1.1 into your Browser address bar) This is the probably the Best way to fix any issues but unfortunately is complicated and the physical Router maybe secured away and some members play using a USB Modem Adaptor and since every Router has its own Configuration settings, it is the Hardest Fix to implement. http://portforward.com/
http://logmeinwiki.com/wiki/Hamachi:Gaming_over_Hamachi


Step 4) Provide your Opponent your Public Router IP
To find your Public Router IP in windows, Press Start->Run and type in CMD and then type

tracert www.google.com

and (if u are UK) look at the second IP address for your Public Router IP address which can then be used for the Opponent to join your Hosted Dark Omen match instead of using the Hosts Hamachi IP.



or by typing 192.168.1.1  into your browser and searching around for Default Gateway Ip address




You can also get an Alternative Public Router IP by looking at this banner:


and now egt the same result using latest version of Hamachi  
http://forum.dark-omen.org/multiplayer/hamachi-t16.0.html;msg5370;topicseen#msg5370

(I personally have found that my tracert and Router Setting IP = 213.123.106.122 has worked better than whatsmyip and Hamachi Details Sumamry IP = 86.157.240.189, so please try all Methods)



Step 5) Force Bind IP in Hamachi – Please read this website and download the file on Step 11 of the following website

http://www.sc2gg.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=163&hl=hamachi

Basically we want to create a new Shortcut on the Desktop for Dark Omen but with an amended line that will Force Bind your Hamachi IP.

Right Click on Desktop and choose to create a new Shortcut-> Browse to your Dark Omen folder and locate the EngRel.exe, for example

C:\Program Files\Dark Omen\PRG\EngRel.exe

But DO NOT press next to complete the new shortcut, instead we need to add some text at the beginning of the text,

Forcebindip 5.x.x.x

So it reads

Forcebindip 5.117.12.100 “C:\Program Files\DarkOmen\PRG\EngRel.exe”

And make sure there is a space between 100 and “C:\

and .100 is an example so plese

Remember to replace the 5.x.x.x with your own Hamachi IP address

Then Press NEXT and to complete the new Shortcut, let it name itself.

You should now have a new shortcut called ForceBindIP.exe




Double click it to launch the game in Forcebind mode and use the normal icon to play normally with players u don’t get any errors connecting to. Again please take turns Hosting games to test but NEVER Host Using Forcebindip, only to Join to players u can't join to normally.Get both players to take turns  trying to join each other using forcebindip (Never use it to HOST). Success depends on trying all possible combinations.


For Vista 64 try this for Examaple:-

You have to extract the install file first and then link it to that folder

C:\Users\Olly\Downloads\ForceBindIP-1.2-Setup\ForceBindIP.exe 5.150.188.109 "C:\Program Files (x86)\Dark Omen\PRG_ENG\EngRel.exe"


Exactly that with no " on the first C:/

Replace 5.x.x.x. with your Own Hamachi Ip and Olly with Your own Name...






Step 6) Promote Hamachi Network on your PC.

http://logmeinwiki.com/wiki/Hamachi:Gaming_over_Hamachi

Video:  
Red Alert 3 Universe Hamachi Fix - VistaLQ | LQ+ | HQ | by Aeva


Basically we want to make Hamachi at the top of the list.

For XP Start->Control Panel->Network Connections, then on the Menu bar, click Advanced->Advanced Settings and put Hamachi at the top of the list.

For Vista Start->Control Panel->Network and Sharing Center, then on the left side panel, click on
Manage Network Connections. Now Press Alt, click on Advanced->Advanced Settings and put Hamachi at the top of the list.



As the majority of our players only ever need to do the Tried and Tested Steps 1 and 2 to fix any Connection issues, I therefore ask all New Members to do Step 1 and Step 2 straight away when first joining, whilst I am online to assist and Help/Guide them. This more importantly means that if they do happen to play any potentially incompatible Opponents, then they have already applied the Fix that the Majority of Fans have to use and will be Trouble free. Leaving them only to have to use the more rarely used Forcebindip Hamachi (Step5)if necessary to join the Hosts game, after failing to use the Host's Public Router Ip or the Host's Hamachi IP.


Since Dark Omen Connection issues can occur between two members, who can both play everyone else apart from each other,  even after using Normal Hamachi ip or Public Router Ip, then Disabling and Turning off the Windows Firewall and Anti Virus and Opening Hamachi Ports and Router Ports Step 3 has proven, over the years to fix players not being able to Connect to other players (despite them both being able to play everyone else). Of course this is a last resort and depends how much u want to play. It is a simple process of elimination and Patience.


So my experienced/Free Advice is to do Step1 and Step2 and Step3 (if u can) and Step 5 when necessary.



Alternatives-
As well as trying via Hamachi and Step 4 Public Router IP there are also Alternatives ways to connect, such as:

Game Ranger Lobby -
http://forum.dark-omen.org/multiplayer/gameranger-a-new-place-to-play-dark-omen-online-t157.0.html


pLAN -VPN Client
http://forum.dark-omen.org/multiplayer/plan-vpn-client-t626.0.html;msg5862#new

and see Post below from Ghabry about alterantive Forcebind
http://www.filefront.com/5335168/DXWND---MS/



Please pop into our Chat Channel for further assistance or testing

http://chat.dark-omen.org



Remember we always get it working and its Definetly Worth the Effort!

(Except one person who I spent 2hrs with, only to find he didn’t even have Dark Omen installed but Dawn of War!)

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« Last Edit: May 03, 2010, 03:56:13 PM by olly » Logged

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2009, 09:09:15 PM »

hi guys, first post here.

i got this little "tip" for those who has connection problems, i have intalled a commercial firewall and, of course, the original windows firewall. The second one has privilegies over the first one so maybe some of u could have the same problem when trying to connect your opponents (or vice versa). If u allow engrel.exe and dplay.exe to the web "maybe" your windows firewall  has not made the appropiate chages and permissions so, u must to check it too.

This problem generates when u install Dark Omen for first time and you not allow Darko (engrel.exe) to acces trought the web generatin an automatic block on both firewalls even you unblock engrel.exe trought the commercial firewall later, the limitations should continue.

Go to control panel> windows firewall> exeptions> and check if Dark Omen has the current rights for the web acces.

check this avi video for more help:  
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2009, 11:29:59 PM »

Before I forget it again:
There is a forcebindIP alternative which is much easier to configure in my opinion. But I never tested it so I'm not sure how good it works Wink.

http://www.nynaeve.net/?p=52

Start the program.
Select Generic IP Bind Patcher
Now Configure...->Select your Engrel.exe file and now enter your hamachi ip  in the IP-Field.
Now either click Run... and select Engrel.exe or create a shortcut by clicking Create Shorcut (select your engrel.exe here too and then the location for the shortcut)

If you don't want to config it again create the shortcut ^^
« Last Edit: January 30, 2010, 06:44:32 PM by Ghabry » Logged

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