VPN Server for Gaming Only

April 3, 2010 at 14:15:12
Specs: Windows 7
I want to operate a server for connecting LAN-mode games. I do not want to share any folders, files, printers or other data, just connect computers over the Internet for gaming. Something like Hamachi does, but better. Hamachi allows only 16 users on a free account and it seems to have high-latency, so I certainly won't pay $199/year for a commercial account.

I operate my own server locally. I have a Windows 7 web server that also operates an FTP server and TeamSpeak 3 server. I also have a Linux box running IPCop for my firewall/router and that too might be an option. If there's another open source Linux application type software that is easy to run a VPN for gaming, I could switch to this. I've read that Endian has this ability but I've seen no clear tutorial on how it's done. I have set up my Linux box and my web server with Apache, PHP, MySQL, etc. so I'm not a computer newbie, but not a hardcore programmer either.

Please suggest if you can.

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April 3, 2010 at 22:38:49
You'll need an L2 VPN to forward broadcast traffic & act like you're on the same LAN. An L3 (ip) VPN would not work.

Look for L2TP IPSEC - I think openswan supports this on linux, you could also get L2 w/ openvpn, and there's some way to do it in windows but I don't know how.

Also, I tried this once & noticed problems w/ certain games...seems like they could detect it somehow, but I dunno how - LAG is the only thing that comes to mind. A real LAN connection is usually <10ms lag....anyway, some games didn't seem to work for me when I tried this method.

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April 3, 2010 at 23:05:07
Appreciate the advice. I'll look into this.

Actually, I just tonight tried the NeoRouter program and it worked well on the one game we tried. My main gripe is that it also allows access to any folders users may have shared and that can't be turned off without buying the professional version. Another odd thing is that a computer, once added to the network and deleted, remains forever in the list, even to new people who just installed the client.

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