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Hamachi: How To Set Up a VPN

My friend Zach over at Akinotsuki recently convinced me to pick up a copy of Sins of a Solar Empire, arguably one of the best real-time strategy games released last year. Presumably, he did this for the very specific purpose of destroying my self esteem on a regular basis. That’s what I think, anyway. It’s an incredibly complex game, and the learning curve can be a bit steep at times.

Let’s say you pick up SoaSE, and you want to play against your friend like me and Zach do. How does one go about it? There’s always the SoaSE servers via Ironclad Online, admittedly most players’ default if they’re looking to do multiplayer. ICO is a bit troublesome, though – other players are annoying at times, features don’t work quite the way you’d like, etc. What’s a gamer to do? Use Hamachi.

If you aren’t familiar with it, Hamachi is a zero-configuration VPN (Virtual Private Network) application made by LogMeIn. It’s compatible with Windows, with betas available for OS X and Linux. Essentially, using a VPN connection is like setting up a LAN, only without any of the hard wiring. Here’s how you do it:

  • Go to the LogMeIn website and download Hamachi.
  • Follow the installation instructions (keep hitting Next, Next, I Agree, etc).
  • Once you’ve got it set up, it will give you the option of running the program. Do it.
  • Hamachi’s got a really simple interface – just five buttons. Top left is minimize, top right is close, bottom left is power off, bottom right has network and settings.

For privacy reasons, I took the screenshot with Hamachi powered off, but connecting and getting a game started is really easy. If you want to host a game, click on the Network button (the triangle).

I named mine Tech + Lifestyle’s Gaming Emporium, with a password of “click it!”. Don’t try to look for this network, it doesn’t actually exist. 😉

On the other hand, if you’re looking to join a game, just click the same button and choose Join a Network. You’ll be prompted for the name and password, which you should have gotten from whoever is hosting it. Voila! You’re connected. It’s magical. It’s impossible. It’s super-cool! It’s Hamachi.

Enter your game; I’m using Sins of Solar Empire, since I mentioned it earlier.

Obviously, you’ll need to go to the multiplayer section.

Click Join Game.

This is the only part that should be considered even remotely tricky. If you’ll look at the top screenshot, everyone on Hamachi has a nine-digit address. Input the address of the person hosting into the provided space. Zach and I left the port alone – there’s no need to change it, really. Click Connect, and you’ll soon be either A: owning, or B: getting owned. It’s fun times, I promise.

For those of you who want to hear more about Sins of a Solar Empire, you’ll be pleased to hear that Zach is currently writing up a guest post on it. Hopefully I’ll have it posted in the next few days!


January 24, 2009 - Posted by | Gaming, Tech, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,


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  4. hi wana play some time ? would be a laugh 😀

    Comment by Alex | July 31, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hello!
    We want to play with my friend on a LAN game with hamachi. I created a hamachi room, he entered, i created a port, then we started up SoaSE Entrenchment. I created a server, he tried to connect, but he cant! We tried everything, searched on the web, but we still cant play with eachother 😦 Please help us!

    Comment by Danny | September 20, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hello my name is Anthon, I really liked your article! Nice work

    Comment by VPN Install | May 13, 2010 | Reply

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