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Finding and Hosting Servers without VPN (Hamachi)
By ScHoolboy Q
Guide to hosting and finding matches, and if you don't port-forward what are safer alternatives to Hamachi.
Finding a Match

If you have tried to play Cry-of-Fear on coop, you may notice a lack of servers.
However, there is a solution for you eager people!
Click here[www.game-monitor.com], you will be taken to a server list. To connect, copy the IP from the webpage. Open the console in Cry of Fear with the tilde key. It's the ~ key to the left of the one and above the Tab key. Type in the console, 'connect x', with no quotations and replace x with your ip, which you can paste with Ctrl+V because you copied it earlier.

Have fun, if you are able to connect. If you cannot connect, then either it's you or the host. Most likely the host, they really need to fix this.

Creating a Match!
To get your wonderful game hosted on your uber-speed connection, you'll need to port-forward.

What does that mean?
Everything has a 'port' or designated number it uses to connect, every port sends different data, because different programs use different ports, or else you would get your game connections sent to your internet browser. When you 'forward' a port, the router passes the infomation through the network like a normal connection. For example, port 80 is for internet browsing, and port 25 is for emails. Since these ports are both used for common tasks, people will try to attack you through it. That is why ports 80 and 25 are the most heavily defended, most commonly blocked ports. This is why people have firewalls and anti-virus programs with online defences.

What about security risks?
It's only a connection into your network, unless you have a program recieving the information, it's useless. If you think this is a massive security risk, let's take a look at Hamachi. Hamachi opens many ports, that's why it works for many programs. It also means people can activate almost ANY programs on your computer that are active, posing a MASSIVE security risk.
If you DO need to use a VPN program, Tunngle and Evolve use game-lobbies, only opening the ports used by the game. It's safer and simpler, and the security risk is no more dangerous than regularly browsing the internet.

How do I do it?
Do not download PortForward.com's software to auto port-forward. It is bundled with adware.
Here[portforward.com] you will be taken to a guide on how to port-forward your router. Find the manufacturer on the router, and find the model, usually printed on a label or the box. Once you have entered your model number, look for the game 'Half-Life: Steam', and follow the website's guide.

If you do not port-forward or cannot, your match will NOT show up on the game-monitor lists, and you WILL have to use Hamachi or another VPN (Virtual-Private-Networking) Service.

If you did not port-forward, please read the paragraph about security risks.I highly recommend that you stop using Hamachi. Tunngle has game-lobbies, which are safer and support up to 256 people, although you can't make your own networks.
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ScHoolboy Q  [author] Jun 7, 2014 @ 2:34pm 
@Dr_mus please elaborate
Dr_mus Jun 7, 2014 @ 9:56am 
you are misinformed about ports.
ScHoolboy Q  [author] Apr 7, 2014 @ 7:21pm 
@JamSess First off, this is for CRY OF FEAR, NOT NMRiH. CoF and NMRiH use a DIFFERENT ENGINE, just one is the sequel of the other. But, I do however think I know a solution. Type ' map * ', and a list of maps should pop up. Pick a map and use it with the map command as normal.
[InTrKid] JustJim™ Apr 7, 2014 @ 6:15am 
Uhm... In NMRiH while creating server I just used to select the map and then type 'sv_lan 0' after entering the map. Then, I restarted the map by 'map mapname'. But how can I restart here ? When I type map in console it doesn't display any map names e.e
ScHoolboy Q  [author] Apr 6, 2014 @ 6:56pm 
@TheLastGamer I don't have tunngle, but I'll look into it and see if I can make a rough guide.
TheLastGamer Apr 6, 2014 @ 5:01pm 
@Mrpeanut188 can you give me a guide to create a server with tunngle?
ScHoolboy Q  [author] Apr 6, 2014 @ 4:49pm 
The tunngle server acts like Hamachi, if Tunngle doesn't have a Cry of Fear room you'll have to make your own private room (channel, whatever tunngle calls it) then host. I'm not sure if you have to select the ports the game needs but if it needs some specific ports go for 'Half-Life Steam'.
TheLastGamer Apr 6, 2014 @ 3:20pm 
Hi, @Mrpeanut188 can you please tell me how to do a cry of fear server with Tunngle, and is safe?
ScHoolboy Q  [author] Apr 6, 2014 @ 1:41pm 
@Spike As of now you can't, with the steam update they broke the DS, although in the mod version it was possible not only to host, but to play coop through the single player levels, although some of the features would be broken.
Spike Apr 6, 2014 @ 2:33am 
@Mrpeanut188 If i want to use the DS to Cry of fear, how do i fix the error