WolfTeam rooms use Peer-to-Peer connections. There are no dedicated servers. If anyone does not know what peer-to-peer is, I shall explain the best I can.
Peer-to-peer is basically connecting to someone else's computer. The game finds best fitting computer to act as the room server. Something to note is being the room 'master' doesn't exactly mean that they're hosting the server. Sure. The room master is in control of the room's settings and starting the game but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're the person acting as a server. If the master was chosen by whomever works the best as the server host then if I started a room that I haven’t left yet and wouldn’t be suitable for a host then I would end up losing my status as the room master. That would be very frustrating for me. Thankfully it does not work like that.
Now it’s time to get back to the main topic. Everyone else connects to the computer acting as the server. When the 'server host' starts having terrible connection it causes problems for the entire room. If you're the only one with trouble then that would be a problem with your connection. Not the server’s, most likely.
When WolfTeam disconnects you from the room and a message pops up saying something about your firewall vaccine it's just a default message. The game can't exactly figure out why you were disconnected so it's just a generic message offering a solution to a problem that is common. Now your firewall isn't always the case. It could be your problem but it isn't always your problem. I have my firewall and router set to allow WolfTeam but I can still get that message every now and then.
There are a couple common factors to what can cause you to be disconnected without warning signs prior to your loss of connection from the game/room host or WolfTeam server:
1) Connectivity depends on how good your ISP (Internet Service Provider), how much bandwidth is available for your computer, and how crowded the WolfTeam servers are (I’ll explain all of these in a second)
2) Depends on how powerful you or the host’s computer is. If your computer runs great then your problem might be your internet or connectivity to the host. If the host’s computer runs great then it might be the host’s computer having internet problems and vice versa for both. Bad computer can usually lead to bad connection. It could be a computer and/or internet problem.
• Each ISP varies on how well they deliver service to you. Depending on your ISP or what service package you have. I personally have Frontier but I’m just barely on the edge of service range thus making me more susceptible to latency (lag) issues.
• Bandwidth is basically how much internet is available. For example, if your ISP package is 768 kb/s, you only have that much bandwidth to share with all the devices accessing the internet including you.
If you have your obnoxious little sister, Suzie, on Facebook playing a girly dress up game while mass chatting 17 friends at once taking up [x] amount of bandwidth, your kind, loving mother shopping online for that perfect dress for her sister’s wedding taking up [x] bandwidth, your sports enthusiast father on ESPN, streaming the live coverage review of yesterday’s victorious game taking up [x] bandwidth, and YOU pro, MLG champion skilled sniper happily blowing off some heads and murdering the other team with your AWP sniper rifle on a 8 vs. 8 server on WolfTeam taking up [x] bandwidth as well.
Think of bandwidth as a water pipe. The more faucets you have turned on the less water pressure you have for your shower you thought would be relaxing, only to realize that the dishwasher running hot water to get that burnt chicken skin stuck to the pan after your mother forgot to lubricate the surface of the pan with butter, the clothes washing machine cleaning out that mustard stain you got on your shirt after it dripped from your hotdog on to your shirt with the hot water, and your outside pool warming the pool with hot water is stealing all your hot water you were so anxious to get.
• The status of the WolfTeam servers plays a role in the strength of your connection as well. Channel 2 – Pacific West is the busiest server on the English version of WolfTeam. The server has to broadcast data to all those players about what game rooms are up and their status, to complete transactions for players when they purchase items, and other internet required activity (like managing inventory, chat, etcetera).
The servers must keep up with all the activity in it. If the server is overloaded then it makes it difficult for players to connect or keep connection. If the server is scheduled for maintenance or encounters an error and possibly crash then no one can access the server (of course). Thankfully the people who manage the server work fast, work as efficiently as possible, and bring the server up as soon as possible.
I hope I explained this well enough. I feel like I’m forgetting to add something but I can edit this once I remember.
Remember: Next time you’re trash talking that ‘lagging noob’ about how much their ‘comp sux’ or their ‘net blows’ and are telling them to ‘gtfo the server’ or ‘remove dis game from ur comp and get a betr comp’, take a few things in to consideration. It may not be their fault. It may be the host’s computer having issues but still don’t be a total jerk about it. When you tell them to ‘get a betr comp’, think about this: the victim of your rude, unnecessary insulting may not have money to buy a new computer or upgrade it. Not everyone has god-like computer like you probably have. Who knows! They might be lucky to even have a working computer! They most likely can’t afford a new computer because with the economy now-a-days most people are struggling to even keep up the payments to keep a roof over their head(s), afford to put food on the table, or pay for the utilities! They may not have time in their busy agenda to fit in replacing their old computer or upgrading components.
If you’re insulting the victim not because of their computer but for their network they might be on the edge of their service range, running on wireless internet, might not have much bandwidth, or their ISP package might not be as powerful as your T1 connection that you possibly have. It’s practically the same as before. They might not be able to afford a connection with insane speeds. They’re probably lucky to have internet.
I know latency is a common issue in WolfTeam but everything (computers, internet, and servers) can only run so well before it starts becoming overloaded, bogging down, and possibly encountering errors resulting in problems and/or crashes.
So I encourage everyone to just chill, be respectful, helpful, play fair, and just have fun! Hopefully this helps! Game on, everyone!
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