Are there any companies which you can pay to run a server? Like, give you admin access to your folders and set how much bandwidth you can consume etc... I'm not loaded with $, but could it be more than $50 a month? I know that's quite low, but Internet companies must be desperate nowadays.
Yup, you can indeed rent servers, as for the cost, I suspect it may vary quite a bit.
I presume you will be looking for a server in the US ?
I found this company: http://www.gdn.net/entertainment/game_server_public.htm this page is for public servers, but if you want a private one, it is slightly cheaper: http://www.gdn.net/entertainment/game_server_private.htm You can rent a 12 player private server for $47 p/month.
It will almost definatly be worth shopping around though, if you are serious :)
Yeah I think GDN is pretty cheap. There's also Fragism. Do me a favor Hewster, run 1000 - 256 byte pings to following addresses and let me know the average response time.
Fragism Server in Jersey City NJ (real close for me!!) ping 188.8.131.52 -n 1000 -l 256
GDN (NY) ping hammer.gdn.net -n 1000 -l 256
Since a lot of players are from Europe, it makes sense for someone to test it. And yes I'm serious about doing it. :rock: I'm thinking 12 player public, and bumping it up to 16 depending on whether it gets crowded.
Well 100 was taking a while so i did 100, if you really think i should do 1000, let me know :)
Fragism Server Ping statistics for 184.108.40.206: Packets: Sent = 100, Received = 100, Lost = 0 (0% loss), Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds: Minimum = 93ms, Maximum = 172ms, Average = 104ms
GDN (NY) Ping statistics for 220.127.116.11: Packets: Sent = 100, Received = 100, Lost = 0 (0% loss), Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds: Minimum = 93ms, Maximum = 157ms, Average = 102ms
Nah, that's good. We have a winna! Now I just have to find out if I can set the sv_maxrate to 25000, to really take advantage of everyone's broadband.
Just FYI from Ohio, USA
FragismServer Pinging 18.104.22.168 with 256 bytes of data: Ping statistics for 22.214.171.124: Packets: Sent = 1000, Received = 997, Lost = 3 (0% loss), Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds: Minimum = 47ms, Maximum = 82ms, Average = 50ms
GDN (NY) Pinging hammer.gdn.net [126.96.36.199] with 256 bytes of data: Ping statistics for 188.8.131.52: Packets: Sent = 1000, Received = 995, Lost = 5 (0% loss), Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds: Minimum = 52ms, Maximum = 85ms, Average = 54ms