Using Teamspeak

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Using Teamspeak
Using Teamspeak

Using a voice chat application is a must if you like first-person shooters, online role-playing games or any other form of multiplayer gaming. The ability to stay in constant contact with each other, without typing extensive updates or instructions, will help keep your team ahead. If you want to learn how to connect to a TeamSpeak server, or run your own, read on below.


Method 1 of 4: Download and install TeamSpeak

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Step 1. Visit the TeamSpeak website

You can download the most recent version for free from the TeamSpeak homepage. Click the green "Free Download" button on the home page for the latest version for the 32-bit version of Windows, or click the "More Downloads" link for links to downloads from other operating systems.

  • If you are using a 64-bit version of Windows, download the 64-bit client for best performance.
  • You will need to download and install the client even if you are setting up a TeamSpeak server.
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Step 2. Accept the license agreement

You will have to accept the agreement before you can download the file. Make sure you read the whole thing to know what you can do with it and then click the "I agree" box.

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Step 3. Install the client

When the download is complete, run the setup to start the installation. The setup is identical to most software installations. The default settings are sufficient for most users.

Method 2 of 4: Configuring TeamSpeak

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Step 1. Start the TeamSpeak client

After completing the setup, you will start TeamSpeak for the first time. Before connecting to the server, you will need to configure TeamSpeak for optimal quality from your headphones and speakers.

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Step 2. Start the Setup Wizard

If you have not started TeamSpeak before, the Setup Wizard will start after starting the program for the first time. If TeamSpeak has been used before, you can start the Setup Wizard by clicking Settings → Setup Wizard.

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Step 3. Create a nickname

This will be the name as the other users see it and the admins of the TeamSpeak server you are connecting to. Your nickname is not a username and does not affect your user accounts or security. Your nickname is simply your display name. Enter a name and click Next > to continue.

Make your nickname equal or approximately equal to the username in your game. This allows teammates to recognize you and makes communication easier for everyone on the team

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Step 4. Choose the settings for activating your microphone

There are two different ways to activate your microphone so you can start talking: Voice Activation Detection (VAD) and Push-to-Talk (PTT). VAD will automatically activate your microphone when it recognizes sound. PTT requires you to set a hotkey for activating the microphone while holding it down.

Most TeamSpeak servers prefer that people use PTT to avoid accidentally broadcasting background noise. Using PTT will result in a better experience for both you and your teammates, but you have to remember to hold the button

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Step 5. Set your hotkey

Select your PTT, then click on the "No Hotkey Assigned" field. The next key or button you press will become your PTT button. You can use any key on the keyboard or any button on your mouse. Make sure that the key does not conflict with a key that you use during the game.

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Step 6. Set the intensity of your microphone

If you select VAD, you will have to set the sensitivity of your microphone. This sets a limit for the volume before the microphone begins to transmit sound. Click the Start Test button to start calibrating. Slide the slider while talking to set a level for setting the microphone.

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Step 7. Create hotkeys for Microphone Mute and Speaker Mute

These shortcuts give you the option to mute your microphone or speakers. Microphone mute is certainly very nice when you use VAD, because you can turn the microphone off if there is too much noise in the room.

Click each button and then press the desired key combination that you want to assign to this function. Click Next > when you are satisfied with your choices

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Step 8. Choose sounds

TeamSpeak will notify you when users join or leave the channel, and will notify you when you have been "poked". You can choose from a male or female voice for the notifications. You will hear a preview for each notification by pressing the Play button.

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Step 9. Decide if you want to set up the overlay and volume management features

On this page you have the option to add a number of functions to your TeamSpeak program. The Overlay gives you access to the TeamSpeak interface on top of your current program in the screen, so you know who is speaking. This is especially useful in larger groups. Volume Control will automatically lower the sound level of your game when a teammate is talking, which can be useful with noisy games or music players.

The Overlay requires some extra system resources and may not be the best option if you're just barely running a particular game anyway

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Step 10. Finish the setup

On the last page of the Setup Wizard you have the option to open the public server list, the bookmarks manager, and rent your own server. At this point, the setup is complete and you are ready to connect to a TeamSpeak server. Read the next section for more info on connecting to your team's server, or the last section for running your own server.

Method 3 of 4: Connecting to the server

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Step 1. Open the Connect window

Click Connections → Connect to open the Connect window. You can also press Ctrl+S to quickly open the window. In this window you can enter the server details.

Alternatively, you can also click on the TeamSpeak links on the websites to automatically start the TeamSpeak client and connect to the server

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Step 2. Enter the desired information

You will need to enter the address of a channel, which can be a name or an IP address. Be sure to include the server's port, indicated by a ":" followed by the port number. If the server asks for a password, type it in the "Server Password" field. You can choose from different profiles for the keyboard shortcuts and microphone recording, but it's unlikely you'll need to change those settings right now.

  • The nickname shown will be the nickname you asked for. If that name is already taken by someone else on the server, your name will be changed.
  • You will usually be able to find TeamSpeak's server details on your group's website or a forum. If you can't find it, ask another member.
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Step 3. Click the Connect button

TeamSpeak will attempt to connect to the server, and you will see the main window filled with information. You can check the status of the connection in the status panel at the bottom of the screen.

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Step 4. Go to the server

On the left side of the window you will see a list of channels on the server. Channels may be password protected, and you may need to get access from an administrator. A list of users is displayed at the bottom of the screen.

  • Most larger gaming groups will have a server divided into channels for the different games the group plays, along with a section dedicated to Seniors only if the group is particularly large. Server settings can vary greatly from group to group.
  • Double click on a channel to join it. You can only talk to users who are using the same channel.
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Step 5. Start chatting with other users

In addition to using voice chat, you can also send text messages on any channel. To do this, click on the bar at the bottom of the window. Do not put important, time-consuming information or commands in the text messages, as many players will not be able to see that in the game.

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Step 6. Bookmark servers you visit regularly

If you plan on connecting to the same server more than once, you can make this a lot easier with a bookmark. This allows you to access the server with a single click of the mouse in future. If you are currently connected to a server, click Bookmarks → Add to Bookmarks to add that server to your bookmark list.

If you want to add a server that you are not currently connected to, click Bookmarks → Manage Bookmarks to manually add the server

Method 4 of 4: Running a TeamSpeak server

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Step 1. Download the server software

TeamSpeak is free for non-commercial use, such as groups of gamers. You can run the server software on your own machine or on a hosted server for 32 people or less, or on a dedicated hosted server for up to 512 people. If you need a larger server, you will have to rent one from TeamSpeak.

  • You can download the server software from the Downloads page on the TeamSpeak website. Make sure to download the appropriate version for your operating system. The files will be compressed.
  • It is first necessary to accept the license agreement before you can proceed with the download.
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Step 2. Extract the compressed file

The file you downloaded is an archive file that consists of several files. Extract the compressed file so that you can use the files it contains. Do this somewhere easily accessible, such as the desktop.

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Step 3. Start the server

Run the application you find in the extracted folder. You will see multiple files and folders that have been created, and then a window with important information will appear. You will see your server admin username, password and authorization key.

  • Copy each of these values ​​to a blank Notepad document. You can click Next to copy each of them to the clipboard.
  • At this point you already have the server running. You will need to connect to the server in order to configure it.
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Step 4. Connect to the server

Open your TeamSpeak client. Open the Connect menu and type localhost in the address bar. Change your nickname to whatever you want and make sure the server password field is blank. Click the Connect button.

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Step 5. Claim your server admin rights

When you connect to your server for the first time, you will be prompted for your authorization key that you copied to Notepad. Allows you to change the server's configuration and grant permissions to other users. After entering the key, a server administrator icon will appear next to your name in the list of users.

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Step 6. Configure your server

Right-click on the server name at the top of the channel list. Select "Edit Virtual Server" from the menu that appears. A window will open, with which you can adjust the server to your own wishes. You have a number of different options to make your server feel more like "yourself".

  • In the Server Name field, enter the name of your server. Usually this is based on the name of your gaming group.
  • Set a password for your server in the Password field. This ensures that people need your permission to access your server. Use your forums or private messages to pass your passwords on to the people who are allowed to connect.
  • In the Welcome Message field, you can display a short message to the user every time they connect. Use this to link to your team's latest news, or an important forum thread.
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Step 7. Adjust settings to your liking

Click the ▼ More button at the bottom of the "Manage Virtual Server" window to view some advanced options. This allows you to fine-tune the way the server works. The most important is the Host tab.

In the Host tab, you can specify a banner image for your server that all users will see. You can also create a Host button that appears in the top right corner. Many servers use this button to direct users to the team's website

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Step 8. Create your own channels

If your group has multiple interests, you may want to create multiple channels to keep gamers informed about the upcoming game. For example, if your group mainly plays two specific games, you can create a channel for each game, in addition to a general "relaxation" channel. When gamers are playing, they can choose the appropriate channel and when they want to relax in between games, they can choose the relaxation channel so that they don't get in the way of others who are still playing.

  • You create channels by right-clicking the server name in the channel list and then clicking "Create Channel". You can set a name, description and password for each channel, and specify how permanent the channel is and where it should be classified.
  • You can create subchannels within channels, which can be very useful for larger groups.
  • The Permissions tab allows you to set the permissions players need to perform the various actions.
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Step 9. Open ports

While most clients should now be able to connect to your server, opening a few ports should allow most people to connect without any problems. Go to your router's settings and on the following ports: UDP 9987 & TCP 30033. UDP 9987 helps allow incoming connections, while TCP 30033 makes file transfers between users easier.

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Step 10. Set up the dynamic DNS

You can give your teammates your server's IP address so they can connect, but chances are this address will change in the future. It is also not very easy to remember. You can use services like DynDNS to associate a hostname with your IP address, which will automatically forward people to the correct IP address, even if your IP address has changed.


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