This article was written by guest author, Kevin Buice. He is sharing his experience on how to set up a Cry of Fear server to play co-op. Feel free to ask any questions at the end of the article. If you recently downloaded Cry of Fear from Steam, you may be struggling with connecting with your friends. A Cry of Fear server setup can be somewhat confusing, so we asked Kevin to show us how.
Know Your Network Settings
Before we begin, there are a few things you will need: Your public IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS servers. To obtain your public IP address, simply Google, “What’s my IP,” and Google will provide it for you. To get the rest of the information, follow these steps:
- Click on the start/home button
- In the search bar, type cmd and press enter.
- If done correctly, you should see a black command prompt appear.
- In the command prompt, type ipconfig/all and press enter.
- Locate the IPv4 address with the word “preferred” beside it.
- Underneath this address, you’ll find your subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS servers.
- If you do not see your DNS servers listed, you’ll need to contact your internet service provider (ISP) in order to obtain them (they’ll know exactly what you’re asking for).
- Write down all this information because we’ll need it later.
Still with me? Good.
Next, we are going to setup a static IP address for your computer; however, before we do that you will need to decide on what IP address you are going to use. This is easier than it sounds. Remember your default gateway? You can use this as a template.
For example, if your default gateway is 192.168.1.1, then you can add 20 to the last digit to get the IP address you are going to use, such as 192.168.1.21. When you select this IP address, you should keep in mind how many devices connect to your modem/router (the more devices you have, the higher the last digit should be). Have you chosen the IP address you are going to use?
Let’s setup your static IP! To do this, follow these steps:
- Click on the start/home button
- Select Control Panel
- Under Network and Internet, select View network status and tasks
- On the left-side panel, select change adapter settings
- Right-click on your network (the one your computer will be connected to while playing) and select Properties.
- Click on internet protocol version 4…
- Select Properties
- Select Use the following IP address and type in the IP address you chose
- Your subnet mask should appear automatically (if not, type it in)
- Type in your default gateway
- Type in your DNS servers in the order they appeared
- Select OK
After your network adjusts, you should be good to go. To test that everything is working properly, go to any website on your web browser. If you cannot connect to any website, make sure you entered all the information you gathered from the steps above correctly. If you still cannot connect to any website, you’ll need to contact your ISP and tell them you are trying to setup a static IP address on your computer.
Next, you will need to forward the following ports to the IP address you chose: 27015 (TCP/UDP) and 27020 (TCP/UDP). In order to do this, type your default gateway into your web browser’s address bar. You should be confronted with your modem/router’s home page. Enter your user name and password. Once there, follow the guide for your modem/router at www.portforward.com to properly forward your ports (it will walk you through step-by-step).
Cry of Fear Server Setup
Now, it is time to see if all that hard work has paid off! On the main menu, select Host a coop game. From there, configure your server as you see fit (we suggest you lower the respawn time and make it a pause-able server). Make sure that LAN server is NOT checked. Start your server.
Remember the public IP address you got from Google? You are going to need it now. In order for your friends to connect to your server, they will need your public IP address. At the main menu, they should hit the tilde key (~), and an in-game command prompt should appear.
Next, they need to type the following in the command prompt: connect yourpublicIPaddress (example: connect 188.8.131.527). If done correctly, they should join your server. Once everyone is ready, enjoy the game!
On a side note, if your friends receive the Reliable Channel Overflow error, then they just need to reconnect to your server through the in-game command prompt. If they receive the Steam Validation error, you will need to restart your server, and they will need to restart their game to reconnect.
I hope this guide has helped! And as always: Never Game Alone!
Please post your questions in the comments below!