Tutorial: Your Own Cry of Fear Server Setup

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:

  1. Click on the start/home button
  2. In the search bar, type cmd and press enter.
  3. If done correctly, you should see a black command prompt appear.
  4. In the command prompt, type ipconfig/all and press enter.
  5. Locate the IPv4 address with the word “preferred” beside it.
  6. Underneath this address, you’ll find your subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS servers.
  7. 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).
  8. Write down all this information because we’ll need it later.

Still with me? Good.

Static IP

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:

  1. Click on the start/home button
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Under Network and Internet, select View network status and tasks
  4. On the left-side panel, select change adapter settings
  5. Right-click on your network (the one your computer will be connected to while playing) and select Properties.
  6. Click on internet protocol version 4…
  7. Select Properties
  8. Select Use the following IP address and type in the IP address you chose
  9. Your subnet mask should appear automatically (if not, type it in)
  10. Type in your default gateway
  11. Type in your DNS servers in the order they appeared
  12. 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.

Ports

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

Cry of Fear Co-op Lobby

The last thing you see before you are subject to fear.

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 77.77.77.777). 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! 

About this Hero

Kevin Buice has been a gaming enthusiast since he first picked up a NES controller. Playing games with his family and friends, he came to appreciate the uniting factors that games can possess. As such, he enjoys sharing his gaming experiences with others in the hopes they receive the same joy from gaming as he does.

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  • Concerned COF player.

    Well, I have a question, some friends and I used to play the server online by simply using the steam://connect/(IP) Command. My ports were forwarded etc. then all of a sudden the server stopped and it just server not responding from here on out. Any idea how to fix this?

    • The Buice

      Thanks for the question! While I have not personally dealt with this problem, there are a few things you can try. For this, I am assuming you and your friends are using the standalone version available on Steam. Sometimes, based on certain network configurations, it is necessary to forward more than just the two ports I listed in the article; you should also forward the ports required by Steam (https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=8571-GLVN-8711), especially ports UDP 27000-27030, TCP 27014-27050, and UDP 4380. If this does not work, you should verify the Cry of Fear cache on your computer. To do this, go to your Steam library and right-click on Cry of Fear. Under Properties, select Local Files and choose Verify Integrity of Game Cache. If this does not work, make sure you are running the Cry of Fear executables (cof.exe and CoFLaunchApp.exe) with administrative privileges. If this does not solve the issue, then another person should attempt to host the game. I hope this helps. As always: Never Game Alone!

  • Korben

    Hello, I have a question too.
    For a unknown when I do the command “ipconfig/all”, I cannot see the IPv4, only IPv6 with strange words.

    You can see it (sry for the french language)

    • https://www.youtube.com/ibuice The Buice

      Hmm. Question: When you run the command (ipconfig/all), can you scroll up at all? You are looking for a heading that has “Local Area Connection” (connexion au réseau local) in it. In fact, you can run the command “ipconfig/all |more” to stop the command from loading all the information at once (hit the spacebar to load more information). However, I am not familiar with how you have your network set up, so it is difficult to spot the problem. If this does not work, I would suggest contacting your internet provider for assistance. As always: Never Game Alone!

      • Korben

        Yeah ! with the command “ipconfig/all |more” I can scroll with the spacebar.
        I have found the IPv4 adress. Thanks a lot !

      • https://www.youtube.com/ibuice The Buice

        You’re welcome!

  • demolah

    I keep receiving the Steam Validation Error… We’ve restarted and retried multiple times yet it keeps popping up.

  • Colby

    … sooo i have this problem with anything but when i enter my default gateway into the search bar (tried both internet explorer and google chorme) it cant find the “webpage” what am i doing wrong? my modem is a motorola surfboard model sb6120. I also have a netgear router GS105 and i am running windows vista.

    • Kevin Buice

      Sorry for the late reply. Question: Is your modem directly connected to your PC? If no, then connect it to your PC using an Ethernet cable and try again. If yes, then make sure you are using the correct default gateway (for your modem I THINK it is 192.168.1.1). If you are using the correct default gateway or if the problem continues, I would suggest restarting both your modem and your router. If this does not solve the issue, then you should contact your internet service provider for assistance. Hopefully, this helps. Remember: Never Game Alone!

    • https://twitter.com/TheBuice Kevin Buice

      Sorry for the late reply. Question: Is your modem directly connected to your PC? If no, then connect it to your PC using an Ethernet cable and try again. If yes, then make sure you are using the correct default gateway (for your modem I THINK it is 192.168.1.1). If you are using the correct default gateway or if the problem continues, I would suggest restarting both your modem and your router. If this does not solve the issue, then you should contact your internet service provider for assistance. Hopefully, this helps. Remember: Never Game Alone!

  • Oliver Cavanagh

    So can you connect with anyone in the world no just friends. Like joining a random server? If so, I never have any servers listed under the internet tab. Also, I’m not using the mod, I use the standalone version of the game. Thanks in advance!

    • https://twitter.com/TheBuice Kevin Buice

      Thanks for the question. As it stands right now, the in-game server browser does not function as intended. Unless someone hosting a server uses the “heartbeat” command, the server will not appear on the list. Even if they use the command, however, there is no guarantee that the server will appear on the list. So, for now, the only sure way to connect is the process explained in the article or using a program that can setup a virtual private network, such as Hamachi. Although, if I am not mistaken, people on the official game forums may host servers open for others to join, so it may not be a bad idea to check there ( http://www.cry-of-fear.com/forum/ ). As always: Never Game Alone!

  • Vuk

    The only problem is that in the link you gave us for router/modem port forwarding thing, the name of my router is not shown, the last router available is WBR-6001 and mine is WBR-6002… What should I do? Please help!

  • j

    I only have 1 dns server ip below ipv4 address

  • Masked Vigilante

    Apparently when I set up the server, the audio doesnt work, any help?