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CnCNet
DeveloperMyg, hifi, FunkyFr3sh, Iran, neogrant, Rampastring
Version5.0, 2013
Release Date2009
PlatformsWindows, Mac, Linux

CnCNet is a community-run multiplayer service which allows people to play Tiberian Dawn, Red Alert 1, Dune 2000, Tiberian Sun, Red Alert 2 and their respective expansions online. CnCNet 5 uses an external client in order to chat, host and join games entirely bypassing the game menus. CnCNet 5 currently supports Tiberian Dawn, Red Alert 1, Dune 2000, Tiberian Sun and Yuri's Revenge, while Red Alert 2 is played through a "Red Alert 2 Mode" modifier within the Yuri's Revenge client.

CnCNet supports mods such as Red Dawn, Mental Omega (3.0), Dawn of the Tiberium Age, C&C Reloaded and Twisted Insurrection. Other mods do work, but they do not get their own lobby and instead use the general game lobby. Mental Omega currently uses CnCNet 4.0.

CnCNet 4.0 was discontinued on 25 May 2016, along with a CnCNet-hosted Renegade master server list.

Usage (CnCNet 5)

To use CnCNet 5, either download the available game packages from the C&C Communications Center or place the application itself (cncnet5.exe) in the game folder and execute it. It will then download the required files and eventually show a form where a nickname can be typed in. When that is done, the CnCNet 5 lobby will be launched.

Every time that CnCNet 5 is loaded, it will check for updates.

It is currently available in the following languages: English (default), Croatian, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Polish, Russian and Spanish, with the exception of Yuri's Revenge which is available in English only.

Usage (CnCNet 4)

When the application called 'cncnet.exe' is placed in the game folder and executed, it would start the game connected to CnCNet, the player then needed to open the LAN menu. The latest fan patches for Tiberian Dawn, Red Alert and Tiberian Sun contain a -LAN argument that could be used to make 'cncnet.exe' start the game with the LAN menu open.

Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge required no-CD patches to run CnCNet due to their copy protection that interfered with CnCNet's coding.

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