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phxflyboy 09-25-2008 10:37 PM

Why Rent a Server?
Maybe it's been asked and answered but here goes. I have been a Vent user for a couple years, only as a user on a friends server. Well, that friend no longer uses the server so I wanted to make my own. I downloaded the server files, installed them, followed all the instructions, and Voila!, it works. Now here's the question part. Why would I PAY for a rented server if I can run it all myself? Is it only if I need more than 8 people? (Which I don't.) Also, are there any security issues with people being allowed into my computer as I am hosting it?

Thanks for your help.


phxflyboy 09-26-2008 03:45 AM

Thanks for the info. About all I use Vent for is talking to friends during Battlefield 2142 or a couple other similar games. I've never had more than 5 people together at once. We aren't hardcore so if I crashed mid-game, no biggie. As long as security isn't an issue I think I'll stick with free for now.

Thanks again,


kilikopele 09-28-2008 01:11 AM

I agree with Balthezaar, but thought I'd throw in personal opinion as I've just rented after rolling my own for a year. I've been hosting on my laptop while gaming on by big rig with few problems. Our clan has grown, though, and it means 3 things that started bugging me.

1) I was starting to get asked for my IP address by "strangers". Yeah, they may run in my guild, but that doesn't mean I'd invite them over for a whiskey.

2) As we've grown, occasionally we've hit the home limit.

3) Especially with fast-twitch games (Like BF2 and CS:S), it meant that my internet connection was fielding all game traffic, my out-going voice (through my router and into my laptop), and then all channels of audio going back out. So I'm getting killed by players I've never seen and my guild-mates are yelling at me for letting someone walk right up on me.

For your use, I think you're making the right choice by sticking with the personal-server. Once you run into any of the above, it's time to search out an alternative. The hosting fees have been dropping. (Has anyone else noticed this?)

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