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    Default Using school network

    I've nearly finished a uni project to make a networked shoot em up in java. I currently have it set up at home as such:

    my pc runs a server application and a client application and thus connects to the game.

    i run the client application from my laptop which is connected to my router and so connects to the server application and joins the game.

    all standard stuff. The ip of the server is stored in the client application, so i have to set this before running a client application.

    I have a meeting with a tutor and need to demonstrate the game running in uni.
    Now i don't know what problems i'll encounter when trying this e.g. will i need administrator access for firewalls? can clients in a uni type network all communicate directly with each other?

    I don't necessarily need complete answers, just some pointers so I sound like I know what I'm talking about in the meeting.

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    I'm not sure how much any of us are going to be able to help you on this one. It really depends on how your school's network is setup, which we have no way of knowing.

    Do you have a way to test it on that network before your meeting?
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    yeah, I know your point. I think another way of asking what i need is this:

    If I go to the meeting and say "I need access to the ip of the computer running my server application, and I need port xxxx open" might I look stupid? haha

    I know its a vague question and thanks for your super fast response.

    I will have access to the uni computers over the next few days (before my meeting) but would like to go there bolstered with as much knowledge as possible. Beacuse I fear I'll turn up, it won't work, and I don't really know where to begin with solving the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onion_dude View Post
    If I go to the meeting and say "I need access to the ip of the computer running my server application, and I need port xxxx open" might I look stupid? haha
    That's not stupid at all, and seems like exactly the right thing to say. What OS will the server app be running on?

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    Well that makes me feel better. all the computers can boot in either windows xp or Linux. I'm far more familiar with Windows so am drawn to that, but i have some knowledge of Linux so could try that if there's potentially less problems.

    thanks again for your help, much appreciated assistance when uni work seems to be enveloping me!

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    Yeah that seems like a fine thing to say, plus if this is a tutor or instructor, it's probably a good idea to be honest about what you do and don't know. It's his/her job to help you figure these things out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onion_dude View Post
    Well that makes me feel better. all the computers can boot in either windows xp or Linux. I'm far more familiar with Windows so am drawn to that, but i have some knowledge of Linux so could try that if there's potentially less problems.

    thanks again for your help, much appreciated assistance when uni work seems to be enveloping me!
    They both could potentially be running software firewalls, so choose the OS where you're more familiar and comfortable configuring the firewall software.

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    thanks Kevin and Calvin. been a great help. If only tutors were as much help as internet peoples

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