Introduction To Teamspeak
Teamspeak 2 is a voice communication program often used by gamers to discuss tactics or other gaming related chat, Teamspeak is not only for that though, alot of people use it to keep in touch with froends, you do not need to be a gamer to use it but somehow it has got stuck with something related to gaming.
The best part about VOIP (Voice Over IP) is that during gameplay you can gain a valuble advantage when issuing orders and arranging tactics due to not having to type away and risk getting killed or crashing depending on the game.
This guide will cover the following:
- How to get Teamspeak
- Setup and connecting to servers
- Being admin of a server
This guide does not cover everything on Teamspeak but it covers everything you need to get started, we intend to add more in the near future though so do check back every now and then.
Part 1 – How To Get Teamspeak
Go to www.goteamspeak.com and follow the download link on the page.
Assuming you are running a version of Microsoft Windows, you will want the TS2 Client (Win) link. TeamSpeak is completely freeware, so there is nothing to pay.
Once the software has downloaded, run the file you just downloaded and follow the installation instructions. Once it is installed it might be useful to place a shortcut on the desktop (if it hasn’t already) or even on the ‘Quick Launch’ bar. This is entirely up to you.
Part 2 – Setup And Connecting To Servers
When you start up TeamSpeak you will see a window simila to this one appear.
Ok so now you have Teamspeak launched you are not yet connected to any servers.
Click Connection and select Connect.
You will see a window like the one above appear
Now we are going to add a server to your server list
Right click anywhere in the white space below where it says Servers, and select Add Server.
Type in a name for the server where it says "Label" on the right, it can be anything you like
Now you need to fill in only some of the other boxes
In Server Address, enter the ip of the server you wish to connect to
In Nickname, enter your nickname which can be anything you want.
For now, make sure the Anonymous button is selected.
The password box when you select anonymous is for if the server you are connecting to has a password so right now you don't need to worry about that.
Now click on the Connect button at the bottom.
Voila! You are now connected to whatever TeamSpeak server you wanted to join you and should see something similar to this:
In the next step we will show you setting up a channel for your clan (if you don’t have one yet) and also, how to register with the server and get channel admin status.
Before we do that however, let me just take you through some common settings.
Click on Settings in the menu at the top of the window and select Sound Input/Output Settings.
The output volume slider should only be set to normal really, you can move it to the left or right but if you move it to the right then people start sounding very crackled and distorted, so generaly it is left to normal, if people are too loud then you can move it to the left.
With Teamspeak there are to options for chatting, one is "Voice Activation" and the other is called "Push To Talk"
If you use the push to talk option then you will need to click the box that says set and then select the key you want to assign to opening your channel to talk, if you want to use voice activation so you don't need to push any buttons to talk then there is a slider which you can adjust how sensitive you microphone is, in other words how loud you have to talk before it starts sending your voice.
We don't suggest having it too far to the left as then you would only have to breath and people will hear you so not really the best option as it will proberly just annoy others in the channel.
Part 3 –Being admin of a server
Ok so you know about joining other servers but now what if you want to admin your own teamspeak 2 server? well now we will share a little guide on how to do it.
we will start from the point after you have purchased your server and have recived all the infomation from your host so assuming that we will continue.
You follow everything we covered in parts 1 and 2 but this time instead of selecting annonymous we now will select registered and fill out the login name and user password box with the infomation you recived from your host.
Once you are in your server you should see this (R SA) by the side of your name and the server will proberly be empty but you can make channels by simply clicking "Channels" at the top of the window and then "Create Channel"
You will see a popup like the picture above, here is a list of what everything means.
- Name: input the name of your channel
- Topic: This is just a little info about what kind of chat go's on in this channel
- Password: Require a password to enter
- Codec: This is audio quality, he higher the quality the more bandwidth that is used so if you or your users are on a slow connection it would be a good idea to lower this.
- Descr: A description of your channel
- Max Users: Set the maximum users for a channel, note that you can't get more users in a channel by setting this higher than default, server size depends on what you get with your package.
- Registered: The channel will be permanent
- Modorated: You can select who is able to speak, by default everyone who joins is muted so you need to right click on each users name and select "Voice" so they can speak, Admins have voice on as standard though
- Sub-Channels: This allows you to create channels within channels
- Default: If you select a channel to be default then it means when people connect they will connect to this channel first
- This covers the basics of setting up your own server, we intend to update this guide with plenty more soon so do check back again sometime.
We hope this helps you out, have fun!