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I'm currently in a competitive league and I have been for a a few seasons. The main issue our team has been having (besides winning) is find an available server. Normally we would use the other team's server but if the other team didn't have a server then I'd have to open up the server I have on my computer. Obviously the server doesn't run well when you're playing on the same computer. Besides that we want to host our own public server for when we aren't playing a game. It'll be 12v12 most of the time. I also want to know what kind of bandwidth I would need for everyone to run with a good ping. I think right now it's fine but I would like a second opinion. http://www.speedtest.net/result/2477374354.png

Budget-wise I really don't know but as low as possible without sacrificing quality would be great. If possible, I'd like prefer to order them from Newegg.
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If you're on Comcast, the first thing to note is you'll probably want to bump your connection up to their "business" class connection. If your server sees a lot of action all month, you could hit one of their lovely bandwidth caps and get a nastygram from them about it. As a plus, they give you static IP's with a business connection IIRC (unless they charge extra for that).


Otherwise, I really have no idea what kind of bandwidth a TF2 server uses, but I'm guessing a couple of megabits for a small server. If it's less than that then the cap thing may not be an issue.
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12v12? 4Mbit up will struggle with that amount of people.
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Well I'll go with the business class connection but I don't think that is available in my area, however I will try to get an upgrade for something with a faster upload speed. Approximately how much upload speed will I need?
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Well I'll go with the business class connection but I don't think that is available in my area, however I will try to get an upgrade for something with a faster upload speed. Approximately how much upload speed will I need?

Serving 24 people will be tricky for you & Comcast Business. You'll need no less than 10Mbit, to run it smoothly. Ideally, 1Mbit per player would be a good idea.
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While 1Mbps per player would be great, TF2 doesn't use near that. It;s more like 20-60Kbps for each player, add in some overhead, I would say at least 100Kbps per player. 24 Players on a 4Mbps upload should be fine. If you have any problems, you can adjust the server settings (i.e., rate, max fps, etc) to help lower the bandwidth. TF2 isn't really all that network intensive.
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Last time I gamed on a 56K connection, it didn't run so smooth...
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Last time I gamed on a 56K connection, it didn't run so smooth...

I remember playing Starcraft over 56k, and it wasn't so bad. Same goes for Quake. What is happening that requires 1Mb being sent to the server every second? After some googling, I have found several posts about bandwidth requirements for TF2 and I see anything from 20-70Kbps down on the client (which is up on the server), adding some overhead would be 120 or so Kbps, which is effectively double 56K.

All I can say is set up a server, and have a few friends test it out.
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Any Comcast service can become business class, you just have to talk to the right customer service rep to get it done. Some will argue that you can't have it at a residential address. Hang up and call back.

Get your upstream bandwidth sorted out before you choose hardware. The number of players you can host depends on the upstream bandwidth you have available.
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