This thread is dedicated to discussing Half-Life Dedicated Server.
I launched the Half Life Dedicated server to run Counter Strike 1.6 so that my friends can connect to it via Internet and could play. But after HLDS launches, it shows my private LAN IP address, 192.168.1.123 instead of my public IP address provided by the ISP. How do I run my HLDS on my public IP address so I can provide it to my friends to connect to it?
Oh boy. First you have to tell your router to forward any incoming connection to your private IP and then you have to tell your friends to connect to your public IP.
I have forwarded my port in my router already. So can I ask my friends to connect to my public IP address directly? Even though HLDS shows my private IP address on the server details page?
Yup. There are other factors - i. e. your ISP could block incoming connections by default. If everything fails you can either setup a VPN yourself or use services like (shrug) Hamachi.
Sure. Will try than and let you know. Thanks a million.
Does not work. After I launch HLDS and start Counter Strike, I can see my server listed under LAN, even though I had set the server to Internet. My friends are not able to connect as well even after i provided them my Public IP address. I think I am missing some minor detail here. Looks like port forwarding is the issue here because when I check online I can see my ip_address:port_number still shows as blocked even though I have added my private IP address and port number under the forwarded lists.
The problem could be your ISP blocking these connections. You probably would be helped by just using hamachi - even when their software is a steaming (heh) pile of crap. There's probably similar services that might help you, too.
So I installed Hamachi, created my network and launched HLDS running CS 1.6. The IP address is not my private one this time and I am all happy. I launch Counter Strike 1.6 on Steam and try to connect to the IP address which is on HLDS details page and it states STEAM validation rejected !!
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