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Remote control of Trader : EverQuest 2 General Discussions

Posted: December 27th, 2005, 4:06 pm
 
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Do you have a trading mule or your main that often sells more then is in your offline boxes, and wish you could bring that character back up after server reboots? Here's a little guide on how to do that.


Requirements:
  1. Broadband connection of some sort, i.e. DSL or Cable. This is possible with dial up, but you will need at least two lines and other software, so I'm not going to go into it.
  2. Ideally another PC is would be good but not neccessary.
  3. VNC -- Stands for virtual network computing and you can find it AT THIS LINK. This one of the pivotal requirements of making this work and will allow for remote access. Plus it's free.
  4. Router: both for hardware firewall and for IP Forwarding.
  5. Zonealarm: Software firewall. If your not comfortable with this then pick a similar software firewall program. But I would suggest this unless the machine you use is just for gaming. Plus it's free.
  6. Anti Virus Software whatever you like.


Part 1: What's your IP address?
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If you have a DSL (unless you have the crappy PPOE connections) then your IP address for the most part is static and you should know what it is; If, however, you have CABLE or something else that gives out dynamic addresses then it still shouldn't be a problem, DHCP servers typically give the same address based on the ROUTER mac's anyway.

Learn how to go into your router if you don't know how as you will need this knowledge anyways for later use. I won't go into specifics because there are too many of them out there, so time to RTFM.

Your router typically will maintain your current IP address, but if your some reason your having trouble figuring it out, then go to HTTP://WWW.DSLREPORTS.COM and their tools section which can tell you what your real IP Address is;


Part 2: More than one PC?
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Do you have more than one PC hooked up to your router? Then you are sharing one IP address and creating a private network within that router. Typically this network is 192.168.x.x or 10.x.x.x. Your router is also a DHCP server and whenever you reboot your PCs it will reassign those IP Addresses if you don't do it in the same order, this is because it's not as smart as real DHCP servers.

So the first thing you need to is find out how to make sure the PC you want to you use for trading has the same private ip address each and every time. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

1) Open a dos window: START->RUN, CMD, enter.
2) Type 'ipconfig /all'. This will return a verbose amount of information regarding your network status.
3) Write down the 'PHYISCAL ADDRESS'.
4) Go into your router and find the section that will make sure that the PHYSICAL ADDRESS (MAC Address) of that PC will always get the same ip address from now on.

NOTE: If you have more than one network card in your machine, make it's the correct one that your putting in the router.


Part 3: Modify router to allow outside connections
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The section your looking for in your router is called "IP FORWARDING".

What this will do is to tell the router that any machine trying to connect to your PC via a particular port will have that packet forwarded to the machine you setup in PART 2.

Select the IP Address that you setup in part two, say 192.168.1.100. The port range is 5800-5900. Save your settings.

NOTE: There is always the possibility that someone may try to attack your PC with this type of opening. That's why a software firewall is important.



Part 4: EQ2 settings
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Modify your settings for the MOST EXTREME PERFORMANCE.

Turn off everything that you don't need. You CANNOT adventure doing this remotely it's just not possible so don't even consider it;

If you have macros/bots setup you maybe able to just startup and run them, but then just get off your remote connection as soon as possible because the screen updates too slowly.




Part 5: Install VNC
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Download and Install VNC. It's up to you if you want to install the server portion as a WINDOWS SERVICE. But if you don't then it won't automatically start if you reboot.

Make sure to configure the PASSWORD, as this is the most important part for security. Also, if you have other people around your PC that you don't want touching it while you work on your PC there is an option to make sure that keyboard and mouse is inactivated.

I would suggest reading up on the VNC settings, but that's all you really need to know for right now.



Part 6: Software firewall
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Modify your software firewall to allow connection for ports 5800 and 5900. And also for VNC to accept connections.


Part 7: Testing Inside
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So your all setup? If you have another PC in your place go to that and install JUST THE VNC VIEWER.

It will ask for the machine to connect to - since you probably don't have any domain servers running I would suggest using the IP address that you used earlier, not your ACTUAL address, but the PRIVATE address...192.168.x.x.

Enter Password.

You will now get a smaller window showing your connection or possibly an error if you did something wrong.

On the upper left hand side of the window will give you menu with all the possible connections. If you locked your PC use that to send CTRL-ALT-DEL to unlock.

The menu also has a refresh option if it's not refreshing fast enough for you.


Part 8: Testing from the outside
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This is the real reason for this whole guide any ways, right?

This time install VNC Viewer where you are. However, you don't have to install it, you can infact download and just run it if your somewhere where you are not allowed to do this.

NOTE: BTW you can also you use IE, http://X.X.X.X:5800. But it doesn't always work well.

Use the REAL IP ADDRESS this time, and NOT the private address. Hopefully, this should work.



Plan to have everything you want to sell already on your character. Running to the bank and back to your room will be an insanely stupid idea.


Last edited by Guest on January 25th, 2006, 9:24 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Posted: January 25th, 2006, 7:13 am
 
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Hm... im sorry i don't understand why going through all this trouble just to get another computer connected to the internet...

Is there an advantage using this method or am i completely missing something here? sorry +P


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Posted: January 25th, 2006, 9:16 am
 
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It's not simply about connecting another computer to the internet. It's about managing your account/broker remotely.

Well I felt it was self explanatory, but say your at work and really want to be able to sell stuff during the day; and you had enough items to sell that it didn't fit in all your offline boxes or you want to have the advantage of selling similar items, but at lesser cost (i.e. less than the broker fee) to your customer. You could also check prices during the day and see if someone else isn't online with similar items, and possibly either raise or lower prices.

This just a way to be able to remotely manage your broker.


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