The Ultimate Guide to Setting up a TeamSpeak 3 Server

Posted on May 1, 2019

Games are meant to bring people together to share in the fun of charging into battles, wielding magical spells, or anything else.

They help to unlock the potential of people's imaginations and reconnect them with their childhoods. Most of all, they help people build communities around different games and platforms.

People have devoted their personal time to improving games, and entire companies were built to enrich people's gaming experience. They focus on improving game engines, growing communities, and helping people connect with each other. TeamSpeak 3 is one of those programs.

With TeamSpeak 3, you can talk with people half a world away and coordinate with them to achieve different objectives. A TeamSpeak 3 server will make it as if your friends are sitting right beside you, playing your favorite games. All you need to do is learn how to set a server up.

Keep reading below to learn how to start a TeamSpeak 3 server and how having one can help enrich your gaming experience.

Different Installation Steps for Different OSs

The first step to installing a TeamSpeak 3 server is to decide which operating system you want it to run on. Most people are familiar with using Windows for running servers since there are more than 1 billion Windows-powered machines in the word. Yet, it may not be the best system for your needs.

For example, Windows costs more than a Linux-based server.

Yet, using a Linux-based server takes a lot of technical knowledge and effort. If you just want to set up a server and get to gaming, you may want to spend the extra bucks on Windows. Yet, if you're familiar with the UNIX system, Linux may be your best bet.

Keep reading below to learn which operating system is right for you, and how to install it on each.

Get Familiar With the Linux Terminal

If you want to save money and make sure that your TeamSpeak server while making sure it has full functionality, you should go with Linux. These platforms are free and usually support almost any program. You just need to know how to install it correctly, and that means learning how to use the Linux terminal.

The terminal is basically just another way to interact with the operating system. Instead of looking through files in a window with color icons and easily readable names, the terminal is entirely text-based. You can only interact with files and install programs by typing the correct commands.

First, it's recommended that you make a droplet server. These are virtual machines that run on top of your regular system, so you can use your computer as normal while keeping your server online. After connecting to that server, you need to download TeamSpeak.

To do that, type these commands:

  • cd /tmp
  • wget
  • tar -xf teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.6.1.tar.bz2
  • mkdir /opt/TeamSpeak-server
  • mv teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64/* /opt/TeamSpeak-server
  • cd /opt/TeamSpeak-server

These download TeamSpeak and place it in the right place in your file system. After that, the setup should be like any other program. Just open it and follow the prompts!

Windows Makes Installation a Breeze

If you're uncomfortable exploring file systems through a terminal, there's another option for you. Windows is a versatile operating system capable of running a server, especially a basic communication one like TeamSpeak 3. Installing TeamSpeak on a Windows server is also far easier than Linux.

First, you just need to download the TeamSpeak program for Windows. After downloading it, right-click the downloaded file and extract it. Then, you just need to double click the 'ts3server.exe' file. This will run the program, and you'll just need to follow the prompts to get your server online.

Be sure to save the server token when it's displayed! You'll need it if you run into any bugs or glitches, or just need to access sensitive files for something.

Ubuntu is Like Linux on Easy Mode

Sometimes, you can't quite make sense of Linux's technical complexity. At the same time though, not everyone can afford Windows to run their TeamSpeak server on. For people caught in between Linux and Windows, there's Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is a Linux-based operating system that's designed to be as simple to use as possible, like Windows. While that means the installation process will be a lot similar to Linux's installation process, it also means it'll run as if it were on a Windows machine.

First, you need to download the program. Do that by writing these commands into the terminal:

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get upgrade
  • sudo apt-get dist-upgrade 

Then, you need to switch your terminal into the TeamSpeak file directory with this command:

  • cd /home/teamspeak/;su TeamSpeak

Finally, you just need to run it by writing these commands:

  • wget
  • tar xvfj teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.7.1.tar.bz2
  • cd teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64
  • cp * -R /home/TeamSpeak
  • cd ..
  • rm -r teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64
  • rm teamspeak3-server_linux_amd64-3.7.1.tar.bz2
  • touch .ts3server_license_accepted

After this, you'll have your very own Ubuntu TeamSpeak server!

TeamSpeak 3 is Essential For Your Team

With all the work to install TeamSpeak, you may start to wonder if having a server is worth it. It's best to think of the installation process as a kind of game. As a gamer, you should be used to a challenge — excited by it. And after you beat it, you'll be able to beat other games, too.

Communication is a part of any game; without being able to talk to your team on Counter-Strike or Call of Duty, you're going to lose. You won't be able to coordinate or organize the team, and your enemy will exploit those flaws. It's also important to remember that communicating does more than just lend you a tactical advantage, too.

A TeamSpeak server gives you and your friends a place to meet up and just chat while playing some games. It gives you the opportunity to connect with people, no matter where you are. A TeamSpeak serves helps games live up to their purpose: to bring people together so that they can have some fun.

And once you set one up, your server can practically run itself, if it's on the right host!

Speak Up With TeamSpeak 3

TeamSpeak 3 is a versatile and time-tested program that gamers continue to use for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it's used for more than just organizing the next raid. It can be used to connect with a friend you met online, or to simply host a community of people around a shared interest.

Before you can do any of that though, you need a server to host TeamSpeak on. For that, we're here. You can use one of our reliable servers to set up TeamSpeak and bring you and your friends' gaming hobbies to the next level!

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