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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hamachi Guide for FM12 Network Games


What is Hamachi?

Hamachi is a freeware application capable of establishing direct links between computers that are behind firewalls, without requiring reconfiguration (in most cases); in other words, it establishes a connection over the Internet, to create conditions very similar to that as if the computers were connected over a Local Area Network (LAN)

The Advantages:
  • Quick and easy to use
  • Static IP (as long as you use the same log-in)
  • You don’t have to give out your real IP
  • Increases performance and stability of online games

Where can I get Hamachi?

You can download a copy from their website:
And for more information: Features Page

How do I install it?

Installing is fairly simple. Follow the guide below, or visit the Hamachi website for extra information:

  • Download Hamachi to your computer, for example to your desktop.
  • Double click the program, to open the install dialogue.

  • Choose your preferred language.
  • Click "Next"

  • This just shows version info and contact info, nothing special!
  • Click "Next"

  • Click "I Agree" (Read through the Terms and Conditions if you wish)

  • You can change the install path if you wish, but I recommend using the default.
  • Tick "Create Shortcut on the Desktop".
  • Click Install (once the install has finished you will be presented with this box)

  • Tick "Launch Hamachi" if it's not already ticked
  • Click Finish

  • Click "Power On"

  • Choose a Client name for yourself (this will be your nickname/username).
  • Click Create

  • Click the "Create a new network" Button

  • Enter a "Network ID" e.g. FM2011-NetworkGame
  • Enter a "Password" make it something more secure than my example :p
  • Click "Create"

  • Once you have connected to the room you will see something similar to this, it will look blank as only you are connected to the Network at the moment.
  • You will see your nickname and an IP above it this is your Hamachi IP (We will be using this for when connecting to the Network Game)

    You can now give the network details to your friend over MSN/PM, see below on how to connect to a network.

  • Enter a "Network ID" this will be given to you by the creator of the network e.g. FM2011-NetworkGame
  • Enter a "Password"
  • Click "Join"

  • This shows a user that is connected to the same Network Room as myself.
  • Once your friend has connected you should see a green dot next to his name – this means he is currently connected to the network, if there is a grey dot next to his name – this means he is currently offline.

  • You can right click their username and click “Ping” and they can do the same with you, this is a simple way of checking if you are connectible. If people pinging you get “Ping timed out” then your firewall may be blocking Hamachi.

  • After you have agreed on what type of game you will be playing, you now open FM make sure you have “Run As Server” ticked in the network section of Preferences.

    Once you have the game up and running simply let your friend know and tell them to connect using the IP next to your name in Hamachi it will look something like this ( – Your Nick)

  • To connect to a Football Manager 2011 network game, click "Join Network Game" on the main screen.

    Then enter the details given to you by the person running the Network Game.