when i start up the call of duty united offensive multiplayer there is an option to start new server. I was wondering whether this works and if you need any programing knowledge ( because i have none).
Also does this cost anything and what download speed would be best.(and the name of the internet provider if possible)
The start server option is for when you want to open a multiplayer server from home on your home internet connection. You need to know how to setup the basic settings like maxrate, maxplayers, pure server or non pure server, or punkbuster enabled or punkbuster disabled.. If you have a router you might have problems seeing your server show up on the internet list then you will need to go into there and set dmz host or port forwarding so people from the internet can actually see your server on the list and join it.
Your internet connection is also real important from home, you need enough upload to hold the clients connecting from the internet to your server pc.
All you do is goto a bandwith tester and it will test your speed. The Upload part is the only thing that matters the most on a server. Download is not important as long as you have around 1megabit down.
goto www.testmy.net or www.pcpitstop.com or http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/
and find out the speed of your internet connection.
I also have a forum that tells you how to open a cod /uo server from home. It lists everything in it. Just read through it if you have a router.http://www.geekstogo...showtopic=25785
generally for a lag free server follow around these guidelines.
**Note that Kbps is kilobits per second not kilobytes**
Below will list about how many clients you can hold for a server at home.
128Kbps upload = 3 people from the internet and (you the server playing on lan) =4 maximum if you always stay in the server. If you leave the server frequently the maxclients should be 3.
256Kbps = about 6 people from the internet + yourself. = 7 maximum if you are always in the server.
384Kbps= about 8-9 people from the internet + yourself about 9-10 maximum ever.
512Kbps= about 10-12 max ever..
Use a sv_maxrate of 5000, if you have 256Kbps or slower upload. If you have 512Kbps upload you could raise the sv_maxrate to 6000 if you wanted.