Ventrilo Servers and Hosts

Ventrilo is a voice-over-IP (VoIP) software allowing for effective voice or text communication. It consists of two parts: a server, hosted by one person, which functions as a hub for people to connect, utilizing the client. All users who wish to join a server must have a client. Ventrilo features a simple, intuitive interface easy for new users to grasp, and it uses minimal CPU resources which makes it ideal for running in the background to maintain communication while other programs are open.

For this reason, Ventrilo (or Vent, as it’s referred to by gamers) is the preferred voice chat medium of online multi-player games such as World of Warcraft or Call of Duty. High-speed communication allows for greater organization and efficiency in team game play, and permits players to stay connected even if the game crashes. To a lesser extent, Ventrilo servers are also used for taking phone calls in a radio broadcast and for more general voice chatting.

The Ventrilo client and server are free for download for a server taking on fewer than eight users. Otherwise, a server must be purchased or rented from a company licensed to host servers. Server rental is the cheapest and most common option.

TNCC Hosting (www.tncchosting.com) has a reputation for affordable rates and prompt customer service. The support line connects to someone to help quickly, and they are always upfront and honest with their customers.

Instant Ventrilo (www.instantventrilo.com) is very flexible about increasing or decreasing server capacity, has no limits on bandwidth or quality settings, and is highly reliable.

Dark Star, LLC (www.darkstarllc.com) provides excellent rates for high-volume servers and puts them on excellent bandwidth. They provide all the voice codecs, and even in the middle of the night, support tickets are answered within minutes. Buyer beware, however, as there have been reports of difficulty cancelling Dark Star service.

TypeFrag (www.typefrag.com) has numerous servers across the US and Canada and has well-priced package deals, including 15% off for a 3-month subscription. Over several years, TypeFrag shows minimal downtime and helpful support.

Gameservers (www.gameservers.com) is immensely popular and suffers from some quality loss due to overload, but they are very reasonably priced and serve quite well for casual users.

Explore various options before choosing a Ventrilo server as it’s a waste of money to rent a server inconsistent with the user’s needs. High-performance servers are not necessary for general chat functions, but a gamer clan or guild with many members may need to invest more into a server to attain the degree of communication needed.

October 23, 2010





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