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Hello and welcome to the CR hosting guide. Here we are going to walk you through setting your PC up to host games on Revolution Online! But before we begin, there is a commandment of hosting you must believe in. If you don’t, then you will have a very difficult time learning how to host. Here it is:

We will give you a step by step procedure on how to host on Revolution Online. However, every network setup is different, so to successfully configure your own setup, you MUST understand how hosting works!

Question: WHY do I need to setup my network/portforwading/yadayada?

Answer: When you host a game, Cricket Revolution needs to send and receive information to and from the person you are playing against. To do so, Cricket Revolution needs to talk directly to your opponent’s computer. However, there are roadblocks along the way that prevent it from doing so. These roadblocks typically are a software firewall on your PC (Windows, Antivirus, etc.), and a hardware firewall on your internet connection (routers, modems, university firewalls, office firewalls, etc.). You must configure these “roadblocks” to allow CR access to send and receive data from your opponent.

Note: Your opponent does not need to configure anything. Only the host needs to configure their setting.

Configuring Your Software Firewall

Windows Firewall

(100% of users) The most common firewall that almost EVERYONE has running is the native built in Windows Firewall. The easiest configuration for this firewall is to simply turn it off when playing CR. To access your firewall settings, go to Start > ControlPanel > Security and turn off your Windows firewall. It’s that simple. You can always turn it back on if you want to after you’re done hosting.

Antivirus Firewall

(some small% of users) The other firewall that may or may not be running on your computer is your antivirus firewall. Not all antivirus software run firewalls. To double check your antivirus firewall, navigate to the settings section of your antivirus and turn the firewall off. We don’t know which antivirus software you are running so we can’t give you exact instructions, but usually the firewall setting is very straight forward to find. Most antivirus software do not have a firewall on by default.

Configuring Your Hardware Firewall

This step is a little more challenging than the software firewall. The issue here is that you can’t simply turn “off” your hardware firewall! Instead, you have to configure it to allow CR to pass through. All hardware firewalls allow programs to pass through using the concept of port forwarding. Put simply, the hardware firewall allows CR to talk to the outside world only through select ports, which you have to manually configure on the hardware firewall itself.
Question 1: Where/what is my hardware firewall?

Your hardware firewall is either your modem (dsl/cable/wireless/whatever) or your router connected to your modem (linksys/dlink/netgear/wireless/whatever), or both. It is also possible that your router and modem is the same device, which these days is fairly common.
Question 2: How do I know whether I am behind a hardware firewall?

Answer: If you’re behind a hardware firewall, your ‘local IP’ is going to be different from your ‘global IP’. In order to check your local IP, do the following:

a. Hold down the windows key and press R to open Run.

b. Type cmd and click OK. This opens up the Command Prompt.
c. Type ipconfig, press enter and note down your IP address. This is your local IP.

Next, check your global IP by going to and match your local IP with this. If both IPs are similar, then you’re not behind a hardware firewall and you need not go any further – you should be able to host. If both IPs are not the same, then you’re behind a hardware firewall and you must proceed to the next step.

Question 3: Ok, I have a hardware firewall. How do I configure it?

In order to configure your hardware firewall, you will need to access your router. You can do this by entering your router’s address in your browser’s address bar. Your router’s address is the Default Gateway, which can be obtained by typing ipconfig in the Command Prompt once again.

Once you’re inside your router, you can proceed to forwarding your ports by completing the following steps:

a. Forward port 27000 for your local IP address.
b. Set the protocol to UDP. 

Every router has a different user interface, and if you’re having trouble navigating through your router’s settings, go to, scroll down and select the appropriate model from the list of modems on the homepage.

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Click on Default Guide on the page that follows. The default logins for your router will also be mentioned in this guide.


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