Adding that extra level of realism
and gameplay to your games with voice comms can be something
of a daunting task to the uninitiated; "how do I set
it up?", "does it lag the game?", "is
it difficult to install?", microphone settings and IP
numbers! With this report on TeamSpeak, we set out to demystify the
joys of really communicating with your team, and enemy!
This is a quick set up guide ideal for those moments when your squad mates are already online and chatting and you are out in the cold with no comms! This article does not cover setting up a TeamSpeak server.
- Visit the download
page and grab the Client file that is applicable
to your Operating System.
- Install TeamSpeak Client
Adding a Server to the Address Book
Adding a server to the Teamspeak Address book means that you will be able to rejoin that server at any time in the future with a single mouse click, this is how you do it. Each step in this section will only be required once for setting up each server in your Address Book.
Start Teamspeak and left click on the Connection tab in the top left of the screen, then select the first choice in the drop down menu - "Connect". Once you have done that the Connect To Server screen will appear, as shown below.
Right Click on Server and select the Add Server Option
In the box that appears, type the name that you wish to call the server you are about to join.
Once you've done that the Connect To Server Box opens up to reveal all the connection details on the right, as shown below.
The first thing to note is that there is two connection methods - Anonymous or Registered. If you are joining a server where the Server Administrator has already created an account for you, and you have the login information to hand, then click the Registered button and jump down to the next image in this tutorial.
If you wish to join a server but do not have any login information, make sure the Anonymous box is clicked, as shown below.
- Enter The IP number for the Teamspeak server in the location as shown above.
- Now enter your Nickname. This is the exact name that will appear in the Teamspeak window once you have connected. It does not have to be the same as your login info for a registered account, it can be anything at all.
If you have a registered account on the TeamSpeak server, then you'll have two additional boxes to fill in as shown below. The Login Name and Password must be typed exactly as given to you by the server administrator.
Once you have completed the above steps the TS Server will be logged in your address book and you can access it at anytime by clicking the Connect button at the bottom of the screen.
Setting up Teamspeak
Once you connect you'll probably find yourself in the main lobby for the server, with several different rooms listed below. Each room provides a separate area for different discussions. Depending on your access rights, you may be able to jump from room to room by right clicking on a room title and selecting "Switch to Channel" as shown below.
Before you do that however, you'll want to set up the most basic options and check it is working! This is quickly done by selecting the Settings menu as shown below.
The first thing to do is tell TS which button press you will use to speak. Simply click the SET button, then click the key you wish to use to activate the microphone. In this example you can see I use the CTRL key to key the microphone.
Once you have done that, test it out by clicking the Activate local test mode button. Now key the microphone by pressing the desired button, and speak into your microphone. You should see the green light come on, and hear your own voice back through your speakers with a split second delay.
If you do not hear your voice you will need to check the TeamSpeak documentation for troubleshooting help. Or visit the official site and check their forums for help. More often then not the problem will be resolved with a quick check of your systems Sound Properties dialog, where you should check that the microphone is selected as the recording medium and that it's volume is set correctly.