anyone know the minumum hardware requirements for a linux box to run an rtcw server? i have a P2, 300MHz, 512MB machine that i could use if it's fast enough...
I don't think that will be fast enough sorry. The game itself has to have 400 or faster to run. Plus unless you have a t-3 line then you won't be able to support more than 3-4 at the max.
I have hosted an 8 player RTCW server on a P2 266 with 256M ram in NetBSD (under Linux compat), it wasn't bad. When I shoved in the Celeron 533 CPU, it was so much better at 16 players. I DO suggest something faster than a CPU with 66MHz FSB (P2 233-333), so try getting a hold of a P2 400-600 or Celeron 500-700, I suggest Celerons since they're cheaper and operate slighly faster. Overclock a Celeron 433 @ 550 even!
Well it seems like I have decent enough pc hardware for a server, but what type of connection do I need to have fluent gameplay for a 16-person server?
I suppose it's mainly the upload that counts...any ideas?
I hear that cable doesnt have good upload speeds. So cable can only support under ten players. Does anyone know if there is a way to increase your upload speed? I have a Cable connection with 256 Megs Ram, 1.6ghz with 400 Mhz front side bus. How good would you guys think it would be? How do I test my upload speed?
It really wouldn't matter if your upload speed was higher on cable due to the fact you share it w/ other people. 1 minute you could have 400++ upload & the sec 200 it's not to reliable. Also derFuhrer what was their pings on average?
Second avoid Celeron they are slow & worthless except for overclocking but that voids the warranty in most cases. If you choose intel get a pentium 3 or 4 although AMD would be my personal choice.
Cable is normally 6Mbit down, 128Kbit up. I've gotten away with hosting the server on my cable which wasn't capped for some reason, so it was 6+Mbit down, and 1+Mbit up which was fast enough to host 8 players. Tod o the math, 1 Mbit divide by 8 is your actual Kilobyte rate, and Kilobyte rate multiply by 8 is your Mbit/Kbit rate. All in all, cable is a bad idea, if you get a decent 640/640 or 786/786 sDSL link, you should do fine but I'm not sure about 16 players, as suggested earlier, a T1 or higher will be definately good. Dragonfly I ddon't exactly remember what pings were like but people near me (in the same province) got sub 100, sometimes even 50, people somewhere in the Stats were getting 150-200.
I'm an AMD guy myself, I dislike Intel except for the Pentium Pros and Pentium IIs which are suitable for persoanl purpose PCs. Celerons can do more than you think, trust me. :)
I've got 3.3 Mbits down and 128 kbits up, so I guess it's a no go for the server...or can I "cheat" a bit? Have no idea whatsoever what I could do to upgrade, considering I want to keep my current connection...
I have hosted 6 ppl with no lag on a private server. I have cable connection, Pentium 4 256M ram, and it works out fine. most servers dont have t-3 connection, most are t-1/t-2.