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How to set up a Ventrilo Server

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TypeFrag.com hosts Ventrilo servers on a network built by gamers for performance and reliability. While hosting a Ventrilo server yourself is free, there are many drawbacks.

For example, setting up a Ventrilo server on your home computer requires a broadband Internet connection with an ISP that does not throttle bandwidth or block the communication ports used by the Ventrilo client. Setting up a Vent server also requires special configuration of your cable router or DSL modem. The Ventrilo server setup process can take up to an hour depending on your technical expertise. That is why many users opt to rent Ventrilo servers from reputable Ventrilo Hosting companies. Sign up for a Free Ventrilo Server from TypeFrag!

Download the Ventrilo Server Software

The Ventrilo Server software is the program which is used to host your own server.

Download the Ventrilo Server software from Ventrilo.com:

Download the Ventrilo Client Software

The Ventrilo Client software is the program which is used to connect to servers that are online.

Download the Ventrilo client software from Ventrilo.com:

Modify the Ventrilo Configuration Files

  1. Click “Edit INI File” shortcut in the installation directory. On Windows operating systems, this can be found in the "VentSrv" folder under "All Programs" in the Start menu.

  2. Edit your Ventrilo Server's name, administrator password or global password. Other more advanced server settings can also be edited here.

  3. Close the text editor. Remember to save yourchanges to the "ventrilo_srv.ini" file.

Startup the Ventrilo Server Executable

  1. Click "Ventrilo Server" in the installation directory. On Windows operating systems, this can be found in the "VentSrv" folder under "All Programs" in the Start menu.

  2. The Ventrilo Server process will startup in a black Command Prompt or Console window. You should see a "Ready" status at the bottom of this window indicating the server is running.

Understand the Ventrilo Server Requirements

Running a Ventrilo Server consumes a considerable amount of computer resources including:

  • Internet Bandwidth

  • Processor and Memory

The bandwidth requirements (as well as processor and memory requirements) varies based on:

  • Number of Ventrilo Clients Connected and Talking

  • Voice Quality or "Codec" Setting on the Ventrilo Server

Running your own Ventrilo Server can negatively impact online gameplay depending on your internet connection and system specifications.

Hosting your own Ventrilo Server

The Ventrilo Client connects to a Ventrilo Server using an IP Address (such as 192.168.1.100) and a Port Number (configured as 3784 by default).

Depending on your network setup, you may have a private IP Address as well as a public IP Address.

How to find your private IP Address in Windows:

  1. Go to the Start menu and click "Run..."

  2. Type in "cmd" and click "OK"

  3. In the window that appears, type in "ipconfig" and press the "Enter" key

Your public IP Address is 54.224.56.126. Instruct other’s to use your public IP address to connect to your Ventrilo Server. You will use your private IP address to connect to your Ventrilo Server.

How to find your private IP Address in Mac OS:

  1. Use the "Finder" to open the "Applications" folder

  2. Browse to the "Utilities" folder, click on "Terminal"

  3. In the window that appears, type in "ipconfig" and press the "Enter" key

Configure your Router or Firewall

Common Router and Manufacturer websites: