We’re on a bit of an IP kick this month in the R&D section. In the Windows Tip we showed you how to locate your local IP, and in the DOSBox article we showed you how to play old games online, as long as you know your IP. We’ve got one more IP-related trick up our sleeves: How to set up a Ventrilo chat server for your gaming friends, using a static IP from
Having a static IP is tremendously useful. In addition to allowing you to host a Ventrilo server, it also lets you play older games online, and run services like fileservers, media streamers, or ebook repositories on your desktop PC or home server, and then access them from anywhere. Unfortunately, most ISPs won’t give you a static IP for free. That’s OK though, because it’s easy and free to get a static hostname from DynDNS.com, which can be used in most situations where you would need a WAN IP.
To get started, just head to DynDNS.com, click Sign Up Now, and then select DynDNS Free. Next, you’ll be asked to specify a hostname, choosing from one of 80-some domains (image A).
Now, download and install the Ventrilo server software (not the Ventrilo client) from Ventrilo.com . To change the settings for your server, edit ventrilo_srv.ini (image B). You can leave most settings as they are, but you should change the server name, password (if you want one), and the admin password fields. Run ventrilo_srv.exe to launch the server (image C). If you’re behind a router, you’ll very likely need to forward the Ventrilo port. As usual, visit Portforward.com for step-by-step instructions about how to do this.