Who you should NOT USE for hosting Athena:
ANY Pay Per Player Slot Provider
Why? These server providers do not give you direct access to the server in most cases. Athena requires additional setup through a terminal but also to install MongoDB to store data. Meaning that if you choose these hosting providers for your server. You are solely responsible for figuring out how to set them up.
Nobody in the Athena Discord will be providing you with instructions for your server host.
Athena uses a licensing system for assisting with booting the framework.
You need to download and install these programs and binaries from the links below.
At the very least you will need to open port 7788 for your main server.
You will need to open the following ports in your Windows Firewall and Router.
.bat script that will open both ports in your Windows Firewall.
ECHO OFFecho Opening 7788 for TCPnetsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="alt:V-7788-IN-TCP" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=7788netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="alt:V-7788-OUT-TCP" dir=out action=allow protocol=TCP localport=7788echo Opening 7788 for UDPnetsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="alt:V-7788-IN-UDP" dir=in action=allow protocol=UDP localport=7788netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="alt:V-7788-OUT-UDP" dir=out action=allow protocol=UDP localport=7788pause
If you need additional help with port forwarding in your router you should check out this Port Forward Website where you can find instructions for your router based on brand.
The recommended distro for alt:V is Ubuntu 18.04. You are going to need to perform a handful of Linux commands through a shell/terminal interface to fully utilize this framework. This can often be done with Putty on a Windows computer. Athena will only work with an unmanaged vps or unmanaged dedicated server.
What that means for you as an end-user is using one of the following services:
If you are not sure how to use SSH click this link and learn how to use SSH.
This is just a general server recommendation for Linux Servers. If you can afford a OVH Game Server and have the player base for it; it is highly recommended for their anti-ddos services.
3+ GHz Processor
4 - 32GB of RAM
Unmetered Incoming Bandwidth
Unmetered Outgoing Bandwidth
sudo ufw allow 7788
Special Note: Your server host may have an additional firewall option in their control panel. Ensure you open your ports through there as well. OVH is known to have this feature.
This is used by alt:V
sudo apt-get install libatomic1
Run the following commands to install GIT on Ubuntu 18.04
sudo apt install git
Run the following commands to install NodeJS on Ubuntu 18.04
sudo apt install curl
curl -sL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nvm-sh/nvm/v0.35.0/install.sh -o install_nvm.sh
nvm install 14
node --version && npm --version
NodeJS should be installed and both commands should return a version.
It is highly recommended you checkout how to setup a secure MongoDB instance through Digital Ocean's documentation as it will fit your needs. However, I've provided basic setup instructions below that works without authentication to the database.
Run the following commands to install MongoDB on Ubuntu 18.04.
wget -qO - https://www.mongodb.org/static/pgp/server-4.4.asc | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb [ arch=amd64,arm64 ] https://repo.mongodb.org/apt/ubuntu bionic/mongodb-org/4.4 multiverse" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mongodb-org-4.4.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y mongodb-org
sudo systemctl start mongod
If an error occurs try running this first:
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
sudo systemctl status mongod