Greetings, Dev! If you’re looking to host a non-dedicated server for ARK: Survival Evolved, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about the host range for your server, including how to set it up, what it means, and how to troubleshoot any issues that may arise.
What is the Host Range?
The host range refers to the number of players who can connect to your non-dedicated ARK server at once. By default, the host range is set to 8, but you can adjust it to allow for more or fewer players.
Before you start tinkering with the host range, it’s important to understand how it works and what the consequences of changing it may be. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key factors to keep in mind.
The first factor to consider when adjusting the host range is server performance. The more players you allow to connect to your server, the more strain it will put on your hardware, internet connection, and other resources.
If you have a powerful computer and a fast internet connection, you may be able to handle more players than someone with a less powerful setup. However, even if your hardware is top-of-the-line, you may still experience performance issues if you allow too many players to connect at once.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to find the right balance between server performance and the number of players you want to accommodate. Keep in mind that you can always adjust the host range later if you find that your current setup isn’t working well.
Another important factor to keep in mind is the player experience. While you may be tempted to allow as many players as possible to connect to your server, you also want to ensure that everyone is having a good time.
If you allow too many players, you may find that there isn’t enough space or resources for everyone to do what they want to do. This can lead to frustration and dissatisfaction, and may ultimately drive players away from your server.
On the other hand, if you don’t allow enough players, you may find that your server feels empty or underutilized. This can also lead to dissatisfaction and may prevent players from returning in the future.
Game Mode and Map Size
The game mode and map size you choose can also affect the ideal host range for your server. For example, if you’re running a PvP server on a relatively small map, you may want to limit the host range to avoid overcrowding and ensure a fair playing field.
Similarly, if you’re running a PvE server on a larger map, you may be able to accommodate more players without causing performance issues or overcrowding.
How to Adjust the Host Range
Now that you understand some of the factors to consider when adjusting the host range, let’s take a look at how to actually do it.
Step 1: Open the Server Console
To adjust the host range, you’ll need to access the console for your non-dedicated server. This typically involves opening the game and selecting “Host/Local Play” from the main menu, then choosing “Play Single Player” and selecting “Host Non-Dedicated Server.”
Once you’re in the non-dedicated server, press the Tab key to open the console. You should see a blank line where you can enter commands.
Step 2: Enter the Host Range Command
The command to adjust the host range is as follows:
Sets the maximum number of players who can connect to the server.
Replace <number> with the maximum number of players you want to allow. For example, if you want to allow 12 players on your server, enter the following command:
Step 3: Verify the Setting
After entering the command, you should see a notification in the console indicating that the maxplayers setting has been updated. To verify that the setting has been applied, you can enter the following command:
This will open a menu where you can view various server settings, including the maxplayers value.
What is the default host range for ARK non-dedicated servers?
The default host range for ARK non-dedicated servers is 8.
Can I change the host range while players are connected to the server?
Yes, you can adjust the host range while players are connected to the server. However, be aware that changing the host range may cause players to experience lag or other performance issues.
What is the maximum host range for ARK non-dedicated servers?
The maximum host range for ARK non-dedicated servers is 20. However, keep in mind that allowing too many players may cause performance issues or overcrowding.
What happens if I set the host range to 0?
If you set the host range to 0, no players will be able to connect to your non-dedicated server. Only you (the host) will be able to play on the server.
Can I change the host range for individual players?
No, you cannot change the host range for individual players. The host range applies to all players who connect to the server.
Adjusting the host range for your ARK non-dedicated server can be a great way to customize your gameplay experience and accommodate more players. However, be aware that changing the host range may have consequences for server performance and player experience. With the right approach and careful planning, though, you should be able to find the sweet spot that works best for you and your fellow survivors.