The Geo-Filter is global first, you can now set a distance limit for the servers/players that you want connect to. This guarantees a host close to your home. The main cause of lag is distance. This is because the packets of data you send and receive can only travel at most at the speed of light.
With the NETDUMA Geo-Filter, you set a range from your home. Any player outside of that range will be blocked, ensuring only you or another player near you will host the game. This massively reduces the average ping that you, and most of the game's other players, will play on.
We know that nowadays many people have multiple consoles in their home. Thats why we've enabled you to use up to 4 consoles at the same time, filtering as per your settings. No one in your home will miss out on using the Geo-Filter to improve their game!
Selecting a Device
For the Geo-Filter to work, you must select the correct device that you want to filter. You can do this by clicking the “Select Service Box”.
Once you have clicked the “Select Service” button, you will be presented with a list of all the devices connected to your network, choose the device that you want to add to the Geo-Filter such as your Playstation, Xbox or PC.
Select the device that you would like to add to the Geo-Filter; click the circle next to the device to add it. In this example, we will be adding the Xbox but it is the same process for any other device. Click the button which says “Next” at the bottom of the “Select a Device” box.
This will take you to the next page that will allow you to choose from the following services:
Play station network
- Wii Online
As we are setting up an Xbox, we will select the “Xbox live” option, but for users using other consoles or playing other games, you can select the correct service for you.
Once you have selected the correct service, you can click the “Done” button at the bottom of the “Select a Service” box.
You have now successfully added your device to the Geo-Filter.
So that the Geo-Filter will work, make sure that you have “Enabled” & “Show Hosts” ticked. It should look like this:
What do the buttons do?
You will see that above the map, the Geo-Filter has a few different buttons. You can use these buttons to find better games and to customise the map.
- Peer Ping - Ticking this box allows you to ping every player in the game if it is a P2P (Peer 2 Peer) game like Destiny.
- Auto Ping Host - Ticking this box automatically starts to ping the host of your game as soon as it is detected.
- Kilometres - Ticking this box shows the Geo-Filter in Kilometres. Leaving the box un ticked will display values on the Geo-Filter in miles.
- Strict Mode - This is a setting for the Geo-Filter that affects where the hosts that you connect to are. You can learn more about what this setting does later on in this article.
- Low Resolution Map - Ticking this option removes some detail from the map that causes some slower computers issues.
- Show Dormant Hosts - Leaving this box ticked will mean that host that you have connected to within the last two minutes will be shown as small squares. Once you have connected to a host, that host will stay white listed for two minutes as part of the NETDUMA anti-cheat feature. Un ticking the box will remove the squares from the Geo-Filter map but won't remove the hosts from the white list until two minutes have passed.
- Show Legend - Keeping this box ticked will mean that you can see the legend on the map which shows you what the symbols on the map mean.
Home Button - Clicking this button allows you to set your home location.
Zoom Button - You can use this button in conjunction with the drop down box to zoom into the map so you can see more clearly the hosts and where they are located.
Snap Button - This button sets the Geo-Filter radius to the most optimum radius so that you can find good hosts and find them quickly.
Refresh Button - This will clear any temporary bans you had in place.
What is Strict Mode?
If you enable “Strict Mode” then the Geo-Filter will filter to the maximum. This means you will only get games set within your Geo-Filter radius, but you may also experience lobby booting. If you find that you are getting lobby booted, then you can use the snap button to increase your Geo-Filter size and stop the frequency of the lobby booting.
If Strict Mode is disabled then you will be able to connect to dedicated servers which are outside of the range of your Geo-Filter. You will only be able to connect to dedicated servers which are outside of the range of your Geo-Filter. Player to Player hosts (P2P) will still be blocked as normal. Having strict mode disabled can help decrease the time it takes to find a game.
How do I set my Home Location?
Setting your home location is easy!
First of all click the “Home Button” which looks like a house.
Now you simply click where your house would be on the map and then press the “X button” that will have replaced the “House Button”.
Your home location will now have changed!
How do I use the Snap Button?
Using the “Snap Button” will expand the filter radius to optimum searching locations. This means that you can find games quickly and also find games with low pings. You may find this most useful when you have strict mode enabled as it reduced the frequency of lobby booting significantly.
Using the Geo-Filter
Once you understand what all the buttons do, you can prepare the Geo-Filter for connecting to a game.
Setting the Geo-Filter Distance
First of all, set the slider to a distance between 500-1000km or 300-600 miles. We usually recommend 1000km/650miles at least. This is just a suggestion, so you will have to change it depending on the player population in your area. Remember that you can use the snap button to set the Geo-Filter difference to a radius that is optimised for you.
Once you have set the range for the Geo-Filter, you can search for a game. You should see some exclamation mark symbols appear.
These are hosts that are being blocked that you could have connected to without the Geo-Filter. Your Geo-Filter will probably look something like this:
How does the Geo-Filter help me once I am in a game?
Once you get into a game, you will see lots of circles in on the Geo-Filter map. These represent the different players in your game.
Once you are in a game, your Geo-Filter should look something like this:
As you can see there is once circle that is clearly larger than the rest. This is the host.
You can now use the zoom button to zoom in and clearly see where the host is.
What do the buttons in the "Host Descriptor" box do?
Once you are in a game and have zoomed into the map, you should be able to clearly see where the host is. It is the biggest circle.
If you click on the host, the “Host Descriptor” box should appear underneath the Geo-Filter map.
Depending on if it is a Player host or a dedicated server you will have different options:
Update - Once you have entered a handle (name you want to call the host e.g. Billy! and set the host quality, you can use this button to save it.
Reset - Click on a host you've saved from the Deny & Allow section, click Reset and it will be removed from Deny & Allow.
Ping - Clicking this button displays a ping graph so you can see your ping to the host.
Trace - Clicking this button shows the traceroute so you can see which route your packets are taking to get to the host. This is quite inaccurate. Please focus on the ping.
Popout - If you're a streamer for example, Popout will open a constantly updating numerical ping in another tab of your web browser.
Temp Ban - If it's a dedicated server you can temporarily ban that server for 5 minutes.
To view the ping to the host that you are connected to, make sure you have selected the largest circle on the Geo-Filter and then click the “Ping” button or have Auto ping ticked.
Check out advanced setup for more in depth information.