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Mumble Quick-Start Guide

(This post was last modified: 15 Jan, 12, 22:08 by Ingaras.)

This is a step-by-step guide on how to get the voice chat program Mumble up and running, so that you may join in on our communications during raids and other events. It's written in a way that hopefully leaves very little room for confusion or questions during the set-up process. Mumble also offers a ton of customization and other options, none of which will be discussed here, aside from instructions on how to unlock them. This is simply a quick-start guide, devised to enable quick and easy access to the server for new users.

Step 1: Download Mumble via this link.

Step 2: Run the file you just downloaded and install Mumble (Client), which is already selected by default. The setup might ask you to reboot, but usually the basic features will work straight away, so if you're in a hurry just try without rebooting.

Step 3: Run Mumble.

Step 4: You will be prompted with the Certificate Wizard. Here you can create or import a (email-)certificate to uniquely identify you. You're not required to run it, but it enables some advanced features like whispers.

Step 5: You will be prompted to run the Audio Wizard. Do so.

Step 6: The first page will ask you what input/output devices you want to use. The second page will ask you to tune the volume of your microphone, and can be ignored by clicking next if you feel you're getting stuck. The third page will ask you how your input should function, and it is strongly advised that you choose 'push to talk' rather than the default method, and simply pick a key to be pressed when you want to talk. This way we don't run the risk of ending up hearing everything that's going on inside your room at all times. This concludes the Audio Wizard.

Step 7: You should now see the general interface of Mumble.

Step 8: Click Server in the menu, and select Connect. Ignore the Server Browser, and instead click the tab Custom Server. Enter a Label of your choice, then enter the

Address: mumble.thewesternalliance.org, and the
Port: 51078

in their corresponding fields. If you have a valid forum account you can log in with your forum username and password, otherwise select a Username for yourself, preferably your character's name, and ask in-game for what Password to use.

Step 9: Once all the fields are filled in, click the Add button below to save the server, then click Connect.

Step 10: You may be presented with a window talking about an unsigned SSL certificate - simply click yes to accept it.

Step 11: Go to Configure->Settings and at the Audio Input tab set the quality slider to 40kb/s (or adjust it to what you think your connection can handle).

Step 12: You're done! You should now see a list of channels, so simply join the one the rest of the players are in, and you should be able to hear everyone's angelic voices coming through your speakers or headphones!

Optional: Click Configure in the menu, select Settings, and look for a box next to Advanced, If you check this box, it will unlock the rest of the tabs, as well as more advanced configurations. The new tabs include Audio Input, Audio Output, and the snazzy Overlay feature to name a few. Play around with these settings if you want to, and if you feel that you have the time.

Push-to-Talk Settings: If you've not selected Push-to-Talk during the wizard, or setting it up went wrong, you can set it manually through the Settings menu. Go to the Shortcuts tab, click the 'Add' button to create a new shortcut. Select 'Push-to-Talk' as function, then click on the shortcut column and press the key you want to use. When that is done, go to the Audio Input tab and select 'Push-to-Talk' as transmit option. See also the attached screenshots.

Testing your settings: If you're experiencing trouble, you can easily test your settings by enabling the 'Advanced' checkbox and going to Audio Ouput. There you'll find a setting called 'Loopback Test'. Set this to Local and Apply to test your audio (if you talk you'll hear yourself now). You can also set it to Server to test your network connection.

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For those who want to know a little bit more, or are wondering how they locked themselves out of Mumble:

Since version 1.2 Mumble works with certificates as identification method. The certificate has two uses: it allows the server and other users to uniquely identify you, which allows for example the ability to set a whisper shortcut to 'whisper' to a predefined user or group of users (whispering means you can talk to each other without having to be in the same channel and without everyone hearing you talking, like a private conversation). The second one is authentication and registration. When you register your username (either by clicking Self->Register in Mumble or done by an admin), your current username will be reserved for you, and you will be automatically recognized by the certificate installed in your Mumble client. This generally works very easily, until you start using two (or more) different computers, or when you lose your certificate. If Mumble doesn't find the right certificate, it won't allow you to login with your registered username. The quick solution is to just use another name for the time being. The alternative is to ask a Mumble admin to unregister your username, which is very easy and allows you to login and re-register as yourself again. If you would like to use multiple computers on one account you should go to Configure->Certificate Wizard and export your certificate on the first computer and then take that file to your 2nd computer and import it there using the same wizard. Now Mumble will recognize both clients as being the same user.

Trusted Certificates:
As a solution to the hassle above, Mumble also supports 'trusted certificates'. With these certificates the email address associated with the certificate is checked by a trusted third party and the certificate gets 'signed' by that party to show this. When you register a username with a trusted certificate, you'll be able to log in with any trusted certificate that is signed to the same email address. The advantage of this is obviously that if you lose the original certificate, you simply create a new one with the same email address to be able to log in again. There is page on the Mumble site explaining how to get such a trusted certificate.
9 Haven Way, Faellond, Falathorn

(This post was last modified: 11 Oct, 11, 22:58 by Ingaras.)

Priority Speaker
Since version 1.2.3 Mumble features the Priority Speaker function, which can be assigned to a channel member (right-click on them). Normally, you won't hear much difference, but when two or more people talk at the same time, the volume of other people talking will be lowered, so the Priority Speaker is always clear. This is especially a useful function for raid leaders who like to issue their commands despite the regular banter about the view or weather of others Wink.
(Note: this will only work for those who have the 1.2.3 version of Mumble, or higher)

Login Failure
Although we try to prevent it, if for whatever reason the server won't let you log in: Try to log in with a non-existing username and the current server password. That way you log in as 'guest' and might still be able to get online. A PM or email to me also helps, since I might be able to fix the cause of the problem.
9 Haven Way, Faellond, Falathorn


Disconnecting and Access problems
I've noticed a minor issue when people lost their Mumble connection and reconnect before the server has disconnected you. In that case the server will log out the 'old you' and let the 'new you' in but sometimes seems to forget to transfer the appropriate channel rights on to the 'new you', which results in 'Denied entry to channel' messages. It doesn't happen often, so it will probably take some time to fix (and might require a Mumble update), but seems to be resolved relatively easily by manually disconnecting and connecting.
9 Haven Way, Faellond, Falathorn

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