Party Game Connectivity
This guide will cover some of the common pitfalls when trying to play LAN games through the Evolve party system. If you're unable to find your friend's game when using the party system or if you're experiencing other game-related problems, you've come to the right place.
Remember, however, that if this guide for some reason doesn't fix your issues, make sure you let us know so we can look into it: http://support.evolvehq.com/discussion/new
To play a LAN game through the party system, you only need to do the following:
- Create a party.
- Invite your friends to the party.
- Wait for everybody to be listed as Connected.
- Start the game.
- Pick a person that hosts the game server.
- Wait for the game server to show up under available servers in the game.
If this is not working for you, keep on reading.
Fix 1: Use the Home or Work Profile (Windows Vista/7 only)
Windows Vista and 7 sometimes shows a dialog when you've connected to a party that lets you select the network profile to apply to the party network. It's important that you do not select the Public profile since that will cause the Windows Firewall to block the game's discovery packets, which means the game won't be able to find any game servers.
If you want to double-check that you're using the correct network profile, do the following:
Open Network and Sharing Center via the network icon in the tray area, or go to Start->Control Panel->Network and Sharing Center.
Find the Evolve Gaming Connection and verify that it says 'Home network' or 'Work network' below it.
If it doesn't, click the 'Public network' link and change the profile to Home.
Fix 2: Firewalls
If you're either using the built-in Windows Firewall, or you're running a custom one, such as McAfee, ESET or Norton, make sure you've allowed the game through the firewall.
One way of determining if your firewall might be getting in the way of things is to try pinging the other members of a party:
- Right-click a member in the party window and select "Ping..."
- A command-prompt window shows up.
The ping window shows you the ping time between you and the other person. If the connection is working and no firewall is getting in the way, you should see a line like the following:
Reply from 10.184.81.2: bytes=32 time=4ms
If, however, the other person has a firewall that blocks traffic on the party network adapter, you'll see this:
Request timed out.
In that case, the other person should look into allowing network traffic on the party network adapter.