# [How To] Play Left 4 Dead 2 LAN Online Using Tunngle (Garena, or Hamachi)

### Easy to remember URL = http://www.tinyurl.com/l4dguide2

Foreword:  As we all know, L4D2 right now is an awesome game.  Similar to last year, I was involved with writing Hamachi and Garena guides for L4D1.  It was good for awhile, but in retrospect it was a pain and almost a mistake to talk about questionable practices.  The tutorials got so popular that WordPress caught on and we had a 9 day suspension which turns out because we had links to so called “cracks” and the articles were removed to keep the blog alive. If you want to continue with L4D 1, see the unofficial L4D site here.

Now that L4D 2 is here, I am going to take a different approach. WordPress staff or other questionable readers I have this statement for you.  No way does this tutorial indirectly or directly facilitate illicit methods or devious acts of behavior (also known as piracy).  This tutorial shows legitimate gamers how to play Left 4 Dead 2 online without having to succumb to Steam and be forced to use it for their gaming pleasure.  This tutorial shows users how to host and connect to LAN games online without having to resort to Steam. If you believe this is a mistake, search google and see how many gamers are resorting to other needs to play games without Steam.  Now the tutorial has become more valuable.  Left 4 Dead 2 is a great game. Support Valve.  Support “innovation”.  – Versatile

Revisions:

11-30-09: Initial release.

12-1-09: Added information on name changing method.  Added some Garena items because honestly, they need help bad.

12-2-09: Did additional testing and simplified the hosting process instructions.  Determined sv_allow_lobby_connect 0 and sv_lan 1 not required.

12-3-09: Added master patch to 2003.  Rewrote the whole tutorial guide to make it even easier to follow and adding personal zing.

12-5-09: Added stryder 2003 patch. Added 2004 incremental patch (tried a new one). Added subtitle/ammo files and more to the troubleshooting section.

12-7-09: New links in download section for 2004 patch.  The previous 2004 patch per online scan has a virus in it, and my local AV did not detect it. :(

12-9-09: Added 2005 patch and stryder dec 8th update.

12-12-09: Added master patch 2006.  Deleted name changing tutorial as it is now obsolete thanks to new standalone or stryder patch.

12-14-09: Added different fix for the rzr-init file.

12-19-09: Added 2.0.0.6 to 2.0.0.7 patch file.

12-20-09: Added master patch to 2007.

1-7-10: Fixed link for standalone. New update for standalone.

1-16-10: New standalone version T9.

1-18-10: Fixed link for standalone version T9 rev 3.

1-20-10: Standalone was updated. Fixed link.

2-9-10: 2.0.0.9 files and standalone links updated.

2-17-10: Fixed link for standalone patch.

4-15-10: Fixed a command for hosting error.

Note:  This is a warm hello to all gamers who are looking how to play L4D 2 LAN online.  Props goes first of all to the Tunngle team and the community there.  Garena and Hamachi get no brotherly love. Read the rant below to understand why.  Nonetheless, I decided to put up a quick Garena setup guide because they need help irregardless what the VPN program is and I am a nice guy. :)

* Hi, I want to play L4D 2 online using Garena? [Go to section X]

* Hi, I want to play L4D 2 online using Hamachi? [Go to section Y]

* Hi, I want to play L4D 2 online using Tunngle? [Go to section Z]

* I am new and have no idea at all where to start on how to play L4D 2 online. [Great! Go to section W for background information on various VPN programs]

* I am smart and I know about all these different VPN programs.  Just tell me how to get the latest files, and host/join games for L4D 2! [Fine! Go to section V]

* I want to see some game footage? [Go to section U]

# [Section W]

## What is Tunngle?

Tunngle is a VPN program that lets computer users (mainly gamers) play games that have LAN online over the Internet for free. Read more about it in the below article I had written before:

http://versatile1.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/tunngle-the-hamachi-killer-learn-how-to-play-lan-enabled-pc-games-over-the-internet-for-free/

With that said, Tunngle is a great program. If I had known Tunngle existed when I wrote L4D 1 guides, I would have skipped the entire “Restricted class C error’ and all the blunders with Garena.  :P

## What is Garena and Hamachi?

Garena and Hamachi are VPN programs.  Garena is specifically created to work with only certain games. To learn more about Garena, please go to www.garena.com.

Hamachi is a VPN program that can be used for gaming, but it has other useful needs. To learn more about the program, please go to www.hamachi.cc.

## Why Versatile dislikes Hamachi and Garena?

I will keep this short and simple.  These are my opinions only, and do not reflect as a recommendation. You are entitled to use whatever program you wish to use.

Hamachi Dislikes:

• 16 player network max.
• Hard to find Hamachi networks.
• Never enough players online.

Garena Dislikes:

• USA main room when full is hard to get into for free users.
• The immaturity level of the Garena chat room is ridiculously low.
• The community just doesn’t feel right.
• If your friend is not logged onto the same Garena server upon login, you will not see his game.

# [Section X]

## For those who want to use Garena:

Real quick this is how to setup L4D 2 for Garena:

3) Click “Settings” button. Tell it where your left4dead2.exe is in the path. See screenshot below:

4)  Now sit in the chat room and converse with your buddies, or press “Start Game”.  Follow the rest of the tutorial in section V.

# [Section Y]

## For those who want to use Hamachi:

Version 1.03.0 and 2.0+ works:

1) Create a Hamachi network for your friends, your computers, or go find a Hamachi network for L4D 2. (Good luck!)

2) VPN Alias is not required!  What does this mean?

It means all you need to do with Hamachi is just install, go to a network with your friends, and host/join the game according to Section V.

Note: Steam group server will not work under Hamachi. You must use console command “connect ip.address” where the IP address is that of the host.

Example: Awsome26 is hosting so I do “connect 5.206.247.96“.

# [Section Z]

## For those who want to use Tunngle:

1) Get the latest version of Tunngle at www.tunngle.net.  Install it.  Remember to make a tunngle account on the website.

2)  Log into the program. Go to networks, and then go to Shooter. Press forward a few times to get to Left 4 Dead 2 room.

3) Once in, just start your game.

Note: The tutorial below is meant to be priceless. It doesn’t matter if you have Tunngle, Hamachi, or Garena, you do the same steps.  Remember: Hamachi users have to use connect command for joining.

# [Section V]

## Tutorial Starts Here (all files below are virus free and legitimate):

Special note added on 6-5-2010:  Due to time constraints, it would be better if I linked you to the Garena forum that is constantly updating their patches. It is easier for you to visit that link, rather than me updating with master patches, incremental patches, and standalone patches all the time. This will save me time so I can work on other more important projects. Thank you.

Note: Missing subtitles and other elements in your game like ammo counter? See troubleshooting section.

## Explanation of what to do as of current day:

1) Download the latest master or incremental patch to get you updated to current day. For  example, if the current version is 3009, and you are on version 2000, then you need to get the correct patches to update yourself to 3009.

In order to check your existing version of the game:

* Enable developer’s console in keyboard/mouse options.

*Press  (its the symbol to left of 1)

*Type “version” without quotes.  Update your game accordingly for the love of god and correctly.

2)  Download the appropriate standalone/stryder patch.  It will help with crashing to desktop (for most people). At the time of this writing, when you exit the game, it will give you an error. This is normal.

*Run the standalone or stryder patch wizard.  Browse to the ROOT of your Left 4 Dead 2 game. The ROOT means the parent folder where left4dead2.exe is located.

3) Run the Ingen.exe in the root. Now run the left4dead2.exe file and you are ready!

## How to host a game:

We will be using the console. If you want to use the GUI, that is up to you.

1) Bring up console by pressing .

2) Type “hostname (name of your game)” to setup the server name.  For example, “hostname Versatile Test” gives me a game server called Versatile Test.  Press enter.

3) For added measure, type “sv_consistency 0“.  Press enter. This fixes any future consistency errors your players may get.

4) Type “net_start“. Press enter.

5) Now time for a map plus game mode.  Type “map (press down arrow to see the maps) (gametype)”).  Press enter.  Available game types that I believe exist is: coop, versus, scavenge, realism, survival.   My example is “map c1m1_hotel campaign“.

That is it!  If you believe there is a shorter way of hosting through console, let me know and get credit.

## How to join a game:

1) You should see steam groups at the bottom if someone is hosting. (Note: Hamachi users will not see this. Hamachi users must connect through console such as “connect 5.0.123.111“)

Click on it in lower right hand corner.

2) On next screen it looks like this. Click the game and then on join to play!

## [Section U]

Misc. Gameplay footage and tutorials!

## Troubleshooting

1) Game gives you message about Steam.

Solution: Turn off steam and try the game again.

2) You are missing subtitles, ammo counter on your guns, and other files.

Solution: If you have something called razor release, then I am told you need to run the rzr-init.exe file. Don’t have it?

Please note that per local Anti Virus programs, it has virus like signatures. False positives or reality?  It’s up to you to decide.

Posted on December 1, 2009, in Gaming, Tunngle and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 418 Comments.

1. f0RY

Hi Versatile, first of all thank you for making a great clear and comprehensive tutorial, now we can’t find not many people like you taking time to help others.
I use Tunngle, i patched my game to 2.0.3.8 with Gani patches(still waiting to download everything i need to go on 2.0.4.2 but it is a little heavy and i can still found games for now) it seems there’s a lot of persons staying in game version 2.0.3.8 may be for the same reasons, the patches for version2.0.4.2 are too heavy. I would like to know why i only can see Garena LAN servers and not as in your vids Steam Group servers, is because of the patches i used or because of the servs available at this moment ?
And why can’t i join games by the LAN tab ? I just can join the servers shown in the belox center of the menu Garena LAN servers …

• This is a heavy question.

1) Maybe some gamers updated to 2.0.4.2 and some did not.
2) No idea. Depends if people are hosting in garena when you want to play.
3) Games should work by LAN tab. Maybe newer patches did something so it doesn’t show in LAN menu?

It is not my problem anymore. I show you the process to host and join games. Troubleshooting games is not my goal here.

• Gamer

Hey versatile… i was just wondering, now that the hamachi version 2.0.3.89 is out, is it still so much hassle to host and join a game? Like garena, hosting and joining games are very easy. And I also have 1 weird problem. Whenever my friend hosts a game in l4d2(by typing map…etc…etc in console), somehow my connection to him will automatically be cut off. Is it a hamachi bug or is it a problem with us? Sorry for bugging you but I don’t know where I can find help for this issue

• I don’t know, I don’t use hamachi anymore. Nothing should change. If disconnect error, might be a network issue.

• Gamer

The LAN tab thing is due to GaNi’s patches… Somehow he made it that even when u have NO virtual LAN servers on, u can see there is LAN games available…he’ll probably fix that on the upcoming patches no worries…

2. Felipe Matias

Companheiros e companheiras, entrem nas minhas redes de Hamachi.
Os que não souberem jogar online, entrem também que nós vemos o que podemos fazer.
IDs: Valve L4D2 Brasil 1, 2, 3, 4 e 5 (Entrem na 1, se estiver lotada, entre na 2 e assim sucetivamente.
Senha: 666 (Igual para todas as redes)
Obrigado, e divulguem as redes! =]

3. HI Versatile it’s me anthony75305 at garena
DO you know how to update L4d2 v2.0.3.8 to v2.0.5.0???

• Yes, its called go to the tunngle forums and get all your game patches there.

• Anti versotile

You asshole! even if you’re right!

4. billy

Excuse my ignorance, but what EXACTLY do i need to DL from the tunngle forum (http://www.tunngle.net/community/topic/21901-l4d2-update-2051-standalone-32-by-sfk-updated-12th-november-2010/) I need Tunngle Setup, SFK Standalone 3.8.exe, SFK Incremental 2041 – 2056.exe, Complete standalone Torrent, and addon support? Do i have this right? All 5 of these?

• Get the complete standalone 2051. Then get all the patches from 2051 to 2056. Then get the latest standalone.

* How To Update
1. Remove old Standalone (recommended).
4. Start the game over Garena or Desktop.

Doesn’t get much clearer than that.

• Lucas Skinner

• Go to the l4d 2 youtube video, then go to the tunngle forums to get all you need.

5. Carlos

Hey versatile I use garena but everytime I click start game no steam group servers come out also i can’t open my console what am I gonna do??

• Install latest patches and consult the gani or tunngle forum.

6. samuka222

Hey i have a problem i dont know how to see the version of my game any help? i went to the folder and checked the details of my left4dead2.exe but it doesnt say the version its blank there. thankz

• Run the game, and then type in console ‘version’.

7. GodDamnIam66

Sorry idk something i must update my game to [Latest version is 2.0.2.0] ?
I cant find update :<

• Go to the tunngle forums, they have all the latest updates.

8. Jvtec_wockeez

can i have a question…?…..my classmate told and taught me how to get in local gaming at left 4 dead 2….but in the left 4 dead 1…..it’s kind big question mark for me……in the description,…you said that just type in the console..will it be the same in the left 4 dead 2 to the left 4 dead 1?..

• L4D 1 has different commands. Try google for l4d1 commands.

9. Jvtec_wockeez

please respond on my comment thanks and good day!

10. i want to play left4dead2 on on 0nlian

11. i want to use the cheat,to play left4dead2.

12. Rev emulator is kinda dodgy on win7 for some reason try running on compatibility mode

13. can i have a question…?…..my classmate told and taught me how to get in local gaming at left 4 dead 2….but in the left 4 dead 1…..it’s kind big question mark for me……in the description,…you said that just type in the console..will it be the same in the left 4 dead 2 to the left 4 dead 1?..

• L4D1 has different commands than L4D2. Search google for the L4D1 cvar command list.

14. Go to the tunngle forums, they have all the latest updates.

15. timmy

Hey man, Link for newest patch and dude ur amazing keep it up

• Go to the tunngle forums for the latest patch.

16. gaming04

~ Shorter Way through Console ~

2. Type into file:

hostname ServerName
sv_consistency 0
net_start
map c1m1_hotel campaign

3. In-game, type at console: exec startserver

I experimented on this by myself, information used was your guide + dedicated server setup guide.

17. policematrix

18. aris

Hi,Versatile..
I have problem and hope you can help me to solve this..
I’m hosting a room in Garena and people can join if they do it manually like “Connect [my Ip]“..
But they cant see my room on the list..
So how to make my room to be showed up in the room list?
Thanks before..

• Don’t know man, I haven’t used garena in ages. Port forward the game port? Ask the garena gamers.

19. BODY

hi sorry,well me speak romanian me form romanian.auziti ba cum fac sami apare si mie jocul

• LEX

esti un roman prost care faci poporul de cacat…pe unde ceri ajutorul

20. best games nieeeeeeeeeeeee

21. i like left 4 dead 2

22. king

there is no patch in youtube in your video there was 2 pathcs master and standart patch where are they now i cant find them

• In the more info section, there is a link to the patch at epcgaming or tunngle forums.

23. Trick

Tunngle site FAILS… It says that someone already has, like, 2 of my e-mails… Which is impossible… Thanks for the help anyhow…

• Fails how? If you want to use garena or hamachi, then you are free to do so.

24. boom

i downloaded the latest master update and i suddenly get over a 100 servers appearing, but no one speaks english… lol

25. TheOrangeKidd

I didn’t get the Section X one…

• Watch the youtube l4d 2 video. You can get all the patches from the tunngle forum.

26. Danie

27. Jenna

Hi, im trying to play but its not going. I downloaded Tunngle and i run the program, but once i go to left 4 dead its just a chat room and there is no button that sayes start. Please help

• Watch the L4D2 video! Make sure to download all the patches, then run your L4D 2 game. This is NOT garena.

28. demonmerc380

hay bro im having mad trouble finding out how to conect to the severs could you help me out?

• Try tunngle, or go to epcgaming.com and connect.

29. FUN

Yo Versatile, when i’m using the console to start the game, how do i change the difficulty?

30. diane

hi i cannot play on the l4d2… the options are just white so i dont know wat to do… please help…

31. diane

ps… the only thing that is visible in the screen are achievements, option, extras, quit… and rest are all white… please help…

• Watch the L4D2 video, and talk to the other gamers online for quicker help.

32. CR

how come I cant join the steam groups game?
the “Join Game” button can’t be click?
How do I solve this?

• CR

How do I update and what is the revloader?

• Revloader is the fake steam emulator for L4D2. The updates can be found at garena forum (if they still have it), at the tunngle forum, or at epcgaming.com.

• CR

thanks man.
I’ve downloaded the update and revloader but now when i open l4d2 in garena it open a message which says: “Steam is not running. You must start Steam in order to play this game.”
Do I really need to start Steam because I do have Steam.

• You can start steam, but why are you not asking the garena l4d2 lobbies? They play this everyday and are up to date with latest news I would think, and faster support.

33. Versatile, if I want to host an L4D2 game using the GUI what options do I pick? I tried to start a game but it’s stuck at creating game with the red circle and 4 on the middle? Any help would be appreciated as I do not want to use the console. Thanks.

• What game version are you? I haven’t done this in ages, so the instructions might change since I wrote this, but I doubt it.

34. Stefan

Can Somebody HELP! I can host a game and everyone can join but my friend cannot see the server other people I know can see it?! he sees everyone elses servers but not mineee?! PLEASE HELP!

• Port forward udp 11155 if using tunngle. Or use DMZ on your PC. Make sure your friend has same game updates as you of course!

35. KiD WrecK1ess

Hey versatile. I wanna play l4d2 over hamachi and what i do is type in the console “ip (type hamachi ip)” and hit enter. Then i type “map (whatever map)” and hit enter. My game starts then i tell my 2 other friends to join by typing in the console “connect (my hamachi ip)” but it doesnt work. This is how i did it for L4D but i want to do it for L4D2. Please help. Thanx

• It’s the same method. What version is your game? What message error do your friends get?

• KiD WrecK1ess

On my friends computer it says LAN Servers are restricted to local clients “class c”

• Use Tunngle, it has the class C emulator on.

• KiD WrecK1ess

my game version is 2.1.0.2

• Go to tunngle.net forum, and find the L4D2 thread. He has all the latest patches to get you up and running.

• KiD WrecK1ess

Thanx

36. DomoMonstah

Hey versatile, I downloaded Tunngle n installed it but there is no steam group showing at the Bottom right. Do i need to update my game? If yes then wats the best version tht everyone use?

• I don’t know what latest version is anymore. The tunngle forum thread or tunngle wiki has latest updates with latest copy of steam emulator.

• DomoMonstah

No i Meant what version of the left 4 dead 2 game