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Guidence in setting up a Murmur server and Mumble clients on a LAN

Posted on 2010-11-14
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Hi,

As a father of an eight-year-old, I got tired to hear my son and his mates shouting to each other when playing some game over our LAN, sitting in different rooms with a PC each. So I asked around and people were telling me that I should get TeamSpek, or I would be better of with Ventrilo, or I should definitely go for Mumble. So I did! I dowloaded the package and clicked that I wanted to install the client, the server and Bonjour as I thought I understood the information correctly as this was going to be a small voice over IP-project for our inhouse LAN, which meant I would have the server (Murmur) and the client (Mumble) on one PC, and then just the client on all the others (four PC:s in total)... The Bonjour service would help me find Murmur on our LAN which meant that I did not had to get into the router and set fixed IP-addresses for the PC:s, right???

Now it seems that I have installed the client. And I can see Murmur running in the systems tray. But no I don't know what to do next!

I have tried to understand the "Murmurguide", where I think I should go for the next step, and I have also managed to find the Murmur.ini file which I understand is crucial, only I feel a bit intimidated this "crude" kind of computing.

So I guess it is from here that I would be very happy if someone gently could guide me on what steps to take in order to set up my first voice chat service for my son and his friends and to run exclusively on our LAN! Thanks in advance!
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The firewall on your router will take care of ensuring that your Murmur server is only available on your LAN and not on the internet, so no need to worry there.

Although Murmur has an INI file you can configure - it is for advanced configuration like for setting an access password for your server, or tweaking the bandwidth settings. According to the Murmurguide, you should NOT need to touch it for a basic configuration like yours.

The remainder of your setup should be done directly through the Murmur clients. From the looks of it, you connect to the server using one of the clients, "promote" the user to Administrator status, and do all of the administrator necessary on the server from there to set up everyone else.

For you, you should connect to Murmur first using the client that is on the SAME machine as the server. This is the easiest connection to make, you can connect directly to 127.0.0.1. No firewall to configure, no Bonjour to worry about.

There appears to be more detailed instructions on doing this here:
http://mumble.sourceforge.net/Murmurguide#Becoming_Administrator_and_Registering_a_User

Ignore any "external IP" stuff - since you are not going over the internet you don't need to confuse yourself with that. Use only local IP addresses of your local computers.

After you're done there, you will need to ensure that your Windows Firewall is configured to allow inbound connections to Murmur.

Murmur uses TCP AND UDP port 64738. You must open this port in your Windows Firewall, otherwise your murmur clients won't be able to connect.

After your Murmur server and the Windows Firewall is configured to your satisfaction the other clients on the other computers should be able to connect.
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Thanks Frosty! I will try my best and come back if I have further questions!
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Hi again Frosty,

I have now fiddled with the server and it seems that I do not have to open any ports at all if I only want to run this on our LAN. I only needed to uncomment the Bonjour=true and then, for some reason, I had to install Bonjour Printing Services from the Apple Web site before I got this running properly! The Murmur installer DID have an option to install Bonjour as well, but that did not seem to work at all even if I tried to get it working by re-installing it twice! However, now it is up and running and I am really impressed that there is no latency at all when talking to one another with the headsets!! Thanks for taking your time!
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by:Dellby
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When installing Murmur and Mumble for inhouse use, i.e. to be used only over a LAN, there is no need to open any ports at all in the router. The Bonjour services takes care of finding the Murmur server for all other Mumble clients who wants to log in. BUT in order to use the Bonjour service you will have to un-comment the #Bonjour=true (that is, remove #) in the murmur.ini file located in the Program folder. And for some reason, I had to download and install the Bonjour Printer service from the Apple web site as the bonjour installer included in the mumble 1.2.2 installation file failed to properly install the bonjour service.
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