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    Online Play FAQ by Locklear

    Version: 1.0b | Updated: 12/19/01 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    
                             Halo Online Play FAQ
                               v1.0b (12/19/01)
                                 by Locklear
    
    
    
    This FAQ addresses how to get your Xbox online to play Halo through
    GameSpy's packet tunnelling service (currently the only means of
    playing Halo online).  It is intended as a basic run through, not an
    exhaustive manual.  Please feel free to send corrections, as I
    have not played online myself (I don't have a hub), but I am familiar
    with all of the tasks needed to do so.
    
    If you have one home computer with a broadband connection, I'd
    reccommend using the first method below, "Installing using a hub."
    If you'd prefer not to use a hub, or if you have a USB cable/DSL
    modem, you must use the second method below, "Dual NIC method."
    There is one other method of connecting, using a NAT which I will
    not describe here as most people should be ok with one of the two
    methods listed below. If you think you need to use a NAT (or just
    to be certain that you don't), please read
    http://www.gamespyarcade.com/support/tunnel_xbox.shtml.  That is the
    URL for GameSpy's support info on this topic, which goes into more
    detail than I do.  Again, this is intended to be a "quick and dirty"
    guide, not a manual.
    
    If you want to use this FAQ, please see the legal info at the end of
    this file, I'm being a little more lenient than usual with
    reproduction rights.
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                            INSTALLING USING A HUB
    
    Required items:
    A TV
    An Xbox
    A copy of Halo
    A Ethernet cable (aka RJ45)
    A hub
    A IBM compatible computer
    A broadband connection to the Internet
    GameSpyArcade software, available from www.gamespy.com
    GameSpyArcade Tunneling software, also available from www.gamespy.com
    
    Install the GameSpy software on your computer, followed by the
    tunnelling software, per instructions that you should find on the
    GameSpy website.  Once this software is installed, shut down your
    computer and connect the hub.  It should go between your DSL/cable
    modem and the computer itself.  Reconnect your computer by plugging
    its Ethernet cable into the hub, rather than the modem.  Connect
    your Xbox to the hub as well, using the Ethernet cable mentioned
    above, and power your computer back up.  Try reconnecting to the
    Internet as you normally would, you shouldn't have any problems.
    Turn on your Xbox, with Halo in it, and run the GameSpy software on
    your computer.  Again, for instructions on using the GameSpyArcade
    software, turn to www.gamespy.com, or any help files in GameSpy's
    software.  Once you connect to a game in the GameSpy software, you
    should be able to simply select Multiplayer in Halo, choose System
    Link, and join or create a game as you normally would.
                                    
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                               DUAL NIC METHOD
    
    Required items:
    A TV
    An Xbox
    A copy of Halo
    An Ethernet card*
    A crossover/twisted pair cable
    A IBM compatible computer
    A broadband connection to the Internet
    GameSpyArcade software, available from www.gamespy.com
    GameSpyArcade Tunneling software, also available from www.gamespy.com
    
    *If you have a USB DSL/cable modem, you only need one Ethernet card
     in your computer, if you use a standard DSL/cable modem (ie, it
     connects to an Ethernet card in your computer) you need a total of
     two Ethernet cards.
    
    It is possible to play Halo online with no hub, and if you use a USB
    DSL/cable modem, you actually MUST use this method.  Begin by
    ensuring that you have an available Ethernet card in your computer
    when you are online(by available, I mean one with no cord plugged
    into it.  If you do not, install the second Ethernet card, using the
    instructions and drivers included with that card.  TCP/IP protocol
    MUST be bound to both Ethernet cards.  Once the second Ethernet card
    is installed (or in the case of a USB DSL/cable modem, the only
    Ethernet card), install the GameSpyArcade and GameSpyArcade Tunneling
    software.  Power on your Xbox; join a game in the GameSpyArcade
    software (again, see
    http://www.gamespyarcade.com/support/tunnel_xbox.shtml for further
    instructions, or look at the GameSpyArcade Help file), then go to the
    Multiplayer menu in Halo itself.  Choose System Link, and either
    create or join a game.  From here, you should be able to play!
                                    
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                                 CONTACT INFO
    My username for the GameFAQs boards is Locklear, I can often be
    found there.
    I can be contacted by e-mail at SRMPC1@yahoo.com
    
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                               REVISION HISTORY
     Version 1.0
     First edition
    
     Version 1.0a
     Discovered that I had left the FAQ in a state that it was credited to
     Aaron Mitschelen (which IS me, but I wanted it under "Locklear," with
     my other FAQ.
    
     Version 1.0b
     Stopped using MS-DOS "edit" to write the FAQ, minor improvements to
     formatting, and removed an instance of the word "online" which didn't
     belong where it was.
    
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                                  LEGAL INFO
    This FAQ is copyright 2001 Locklear (aka, Aaron Mitschelen).
    You may print this document for personal use, and distribute it
    via any means, provided it is not modified in any way, and I am
    clearly credited.
    I accept no liability for ANYTHING that may happen asa result of
    the use of this FAQ--the reader assumes full risk and 
    responsibility for his or her own actions, even if following this
    FAQ to the letter.
    The newest version of this FAQ can always be found at
    http://www.gamefaqs.com.
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    Halo and Xbox are copyright 2001 Microsoft Corporation.
    Gamespy is a registered trademark, servicemark, and tradestyle of
    GameSpy Industries.  Use of these names within this document does
    not infringe on the rights of any party or parties, and all rights
    to these names are reserved by their respective owners.