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How to Make a Free Teamspeak Server

by Katie StrakaUpdated September 28, 2017

TeamSpeak is a VOIP (voice-over-Internet protocol) program that allows users to connect to a single computer and talk with one another over the Internet much like a conference call. The computer that TeamSpeak users connect to is referred to as a server. TeamSpeak servers can either be rented for a monthly price or hosted on your local machine for free for noncommercial purposes.

Server Installation

Download the TeamSpeak server application from the official TeamSpeak downloads page. Select the appropriate link for your computer's operating system, such as Windows, Mac or Linux.

Read the TeamSpeak terms and conditions. If you agree to the conditions, click "I agree" at the bottom of the page to proceed. Once you agree, a download prompt will ask you to "Open," "Save," or "Cancel." Select "Save" and choose a file path for the TeamSpeak server, then click "Save" to initiate the download.

Extract the zipped TeamSpeak file, then open the enclosed TeamSpeak server folder. Double-click the "Teamspeak" server application icon. The complete name of the icon depends on which version you downloaded. When the server starts for the first time, it will display an administrator username and password for you. Write this down, as it will only be displayed once.

Open your TeamSpeak Client while the server application is still running. Click "Connections," then select "Connect." Type your local IP address in the text field labelled "Address." Keep the default port "9987." Create a nickname and leave the password text field empty.

Click "Connect" and the client connects to the TeamSpeak server.

Admin Rights

Open the Teamspeak server file and open the "Logs" folder.

Locate the first server log file, which should look like "ts3server_thedate_random numbers," and open it.

Right click, and copy the token number located in the second block of text starting toward the left. The token number should look something like this: "token=63SMd5svPAmJAJ37DeSpeGw+VMLJvmvmOGlrM+lk." Make sure to only copy the numbers and letters that follow the word "token=."

Return to your TeamSpeak client and click "Permissions." Select "Use Token." Right click in the text field that appears and select paste.

Click "OK" to confirm and you are granted administrator rights to your server.

Tips

In order for other clients to connect to your server, make sure that ports "UDP 9987," "TCP 30033" and "TCP 10011" are open. If you are behind a router, you will have to use port forwarding to open the ports.

Warnings

Firewalls and anti-virus software are important, but can interfere with incoming connections to your server, so make sure that you adjust them to make exclusions for the ports "UDP 9987," "TCP 30033" and "TCP 10011."

Information in this article applies to TeamSpeak 3. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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