Hopefully these brief instructions will help you set up and enjoy Network Series of Internet Test Cricket. If you have any problems or suggestions on improving these instructions please send me details.
Determining your IP Address
Before you can start a Network Series you need to know your IP address or if you are connecting to a Network Series you need to be told the IP address of the person starting the Network Series. Unfortunately I can not afford to run a permanent server used in games like Quake that you can simply connect to. This is one reason why I recommend you use ICQ or something similar to arrange games as you can easily send a message containing IP details to your opponent.
You can easily get your IP details by selecting the Local IP information option from the Network Menu. This will determine all the current IP addresses for your machine. If you are on a Local Area network (LAN) you may well have a local IP address in addition to an IP address for your Internet connection.
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has reserved the following three blocks of IP address space for private networks.
Starting a Network Series
To start (serve) a Network Series select Start Network Series from the Network Menu. You will need to know your IP address (see above) to tell your opponent.
Enter your name or handle for Name. Internet Test Cricket will attempt to find the name for your machine. For Port you should normally accept the default of 2257. Click OK and the computer will listen for a connection (see Connect to Network Series).
Note: If you are behind a proxy and not directly connected to the Internet you may not be able to serve as you will not be able to see the external IP address your opponent needs to connect to you. In this case you will only be able to connect to a Series someone else starts.
Connect to Network Series
To connect to a Network Series someone else has started select Connect to Network Series from the Network Menu.
Enter your name or handle for Name. Internet Test Cricket will attempt to find the name for your machine. For Address you need to enter the IP address of the person who started the Network Series. Likewise for Port you should enter the same Port number as the person who started the Network Series. The default of 2257 should normally be fine.
If you can not connect to a Network Series because you are behind a proxy you may need to talk to your Network Administrator and request they allow access to Port 2257.
Saturday, 16 March 2013.