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4.0, 2012 (RA2/YR support)
CnCNet is a community service which allows people to play Tiberian Dawn, Red Alert 1, Tiberian Sun, Command & Conquer: 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, Tiberian Sun with support for the newer games coming in the future. CnCNet 5 is the de facto online service used by Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert players. CnCNet 5 also supports Dune 2000.
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. Mods for Red Alert 2 currently use CnCNet 4 as CnCNet 5 does not support it yet.
As of January 25, 2014, the simultaneous player count peak was 346.
Usage (CnCNet 5)Edit
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.
Usage (CnCNet 4)Edit
When the application called 'cncnet.exe' is placed in the game folder and executed, it will start the game connected to CnCNet, the player then needs to open the LAN menu. The latest fan patches for Tiberian Dawn, Red Alert and Tiberian Sun contain a -LAN argument that can be used to make 'cncnet.exe' start the game with the LAN menu open.
Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge require no-CD patches to run CnCNet due to their copy protection that interferes with CnCNet's coding.
- CnCNet official website
- CnCNet forums on C&C Communications Center
- Source Code repository on Github (active)
- Source Code repository on Google Code (inactive)
- #cncnet on FreeNode IRC (WebChat)