About internet sessions: make sure you have a stable connection. As in use cable LAN instead of wireless wlan. It would seem you are not recieving the data uncorrupted in a timely fashion. AFAIK if no data comes through for up to 5 seconds the connection is closed server side.
That goes for the Stentec server as well as servers run by players.
Joining other servers then the Stentec server you indeed have to enter the IP or domain that server is at. Ofcourse that only works if that server can actually be reached.
Never seeing more then 20 players on the Stentec server would depend on 2 things.
1. there aren't any more players with an active connection and
2. more and more players seem to drop the connection or are unable to get data through in a timely fashion, then followed by these players trying to reconnect which doesn't seam to help the situation at all.
Based on expercience:
It is helpfull to have a computer that is actually dedicated to sailing.
Have a very reliable and stable internet connection. (no data loss)
Have a very short ping time. (fast data transmission)
Bandwith would not seam to be that important (lots of data transmitted per second)
For that matter VOIP is a crime as your provider could prioritise that traffic, as well as surfing the internet for the same reason might be (wifi).
Basically we'll meet up on the stentec server but move to a private server as soon as we notice boats suffering stutters.
Links: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wffsail ... 448852153/http://vivarace.de/randr/RandR_SailSimu ... manual.pdf
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