Alright, by now, if you’ve been online, you have probably noticed that virtually nobody uses the IL-2 communications program. I have been told that it does not work very well.
There are three major third party communications programs used by most playing IL-2 FB online. I do not use the first two programs that I’ll list here. They are…
1) Roger Wilco – I don’t use this program for four reasons.
a) The program has a bot in it. Remember, freeware is rarely free.
b) It uses more CPU resources and eats up bandwidth than the program I use.
c) Its sound quality is poor.
d) It isn’t a very flexible program and doesn’t offer many features.
2) Team Speak – I don’t prefer this program for three reasons.
a) It uses slightly more CPU cycles than the program I use.
b) The sound quality is slightly better than Roger Wilco’s sound, but not by much. The program I use sounds better on my computer with its Santa Cruz sound card.
c) The program, while offering more features than Roger Wilco, still is not as flexible as the Program I use.
So Luckyboy, what communications program do you use? I use oddly enough, the least popular of the three. It is called Ventrillo. Wait! Hold off on the Google search just yet! Like everything else in life, there’s a catch to the deal. The latest version of Ventrillo is even less popular because you have to get a paid version by the month to unlock some of its fancier features. As a result, most stick with the older version. There is the 2.1.3 client version for those of you not wishing to host. As long as you do not want to host, this is all you need to download and install. Here’s a link to of all things, a Dutch site for Ventrillo, look to the bottom of the page…
Whoever is hosting the server version will need to give you his external IP address and password if any. You open the client version and look to the top for a line called “server” and an arrow to the right of it. Click on the arrow and the connection editor comes up. Click on new and put a name like Crankshaft’s Bar & Grill for Crankshafts server and then on the next line, type in that external IP address that your friend sent you and of course on the next line, any password if it applies. Then click on the “setup” box and assign a hotkey to press for talking. You do not want to leave it as voice activated. Then set it up for your sound card if you like and go connect to the server in question.
Ok, so you decide you want to run a Ventrillo server. Fine, here’s how you do it.
First, again it is getting hard to find this download. Here’s a link…
Now, here’s the hard part; setting this bugger up.
Make an empty folder in your program files and name it something like…
Now, unzip the Ventrillo server file to that folder. Go into that folder and open up the file that looks like a notebook with a gear on it. You are looking for the following stuff…
Name=Name of your server with no spaces
Phonetic=Name of your server with no spaces
AdminPassword=Put your administrative password here. It should be different
than the password you give out to clients in order to join.
Password=This is where you put in a password if you want one for the clients.
# Intf=This is where your internal IP number goes.
To find out what your internal IP address is, go to Start Run and type in…
and hit the enter key.
Then type in…
The address listed as IP address is your internal address. Remember to save your changes.
Now, this is where it gets kind of sticky. If you have a router or hardware firewall like me, you may not be able to get it to work with this address. I had to put in an address that was listed in my hardware firewall web page on its STATUS page. Under DHCP client log I finally found an address that would work. I have an SMC router and yours may need a different address, so you’ll have to play around. When you are hosting, you must also run the client version. You log on by signing in with your internal IP address and the client password.
Wait, before you go around in circles too many times here, let me help you out.
Go into that program folder you set up to hold the unzipped files for Ventrillo. You are looking for something called…
You are NOT looking for one that is almost exactly the same that is titled
Double left click the ventrilo_svr and minimize it (hit the minus sign in the top, left hand corner, but do not close it out or X out of it. It has to be running and you have to get your client version running and connect to it with the correct internal IP address.
To easily find out what your external IP address is, go to What is my IP?
and it will be listed in big numbers at the top of the page. This is the IP address that you give out to everyone else except of course, anyone on a computer that hooks up to the same router as you. For that, again you would need the internal IP address.
Once you get a server up and running, it is very simple to get it going again. You just double left click on the ventrilo_svr file and open your client version as well and connect. Everything is already set up and it’s a snap. However, for someone as PC stupid as me, it was a major miracle that I ever got it going the first time.
My eternal gratitude to Crankshaft and a cat named Mongoose who had infinite patience and poor Mongoose proved by helping me, that once again, no good deed goes unpunished!
They helped get my pea sized brain through setting up my Ventrillo server.
Any third party voice communications program will leave you with a problem that may confuse you at first. Your voice will come in loud and clear before the game launches, but not after it starts. If this problem occurs, while in the game, go to your sound settings and disable or turn off the in game voice communications program because it is overriding your third party voice program.