FAQ - Nodes

Is the basic mode better or the advanced mode better for mudfish node pick?

In my humble opinion, “Basic Mode” is definitely better than “Advanced mode” if you can find a good route with “Basic Mode”.

Should I use the basic mode and set the better node near game server location?

My answer is yes or no. :-) Please check How to pick the best mudfish node for game I play? section first. Depending on game characteristics (e.g. restricting a region to connect), you should change mudfish nodes.

Should I use advanced mode and set one node near here and the other on game server?

My preference is ‘Basic Mode’ first. If you can’t see any beneficial by using the basic mode, you can try to use ‘Advanced Mode’.

What is the advantage of connecting to the game through two Mudfish nodes over one?

Please note that you don’t use two mudfish nodes (advanced mode) if your connection is enough stable and okay to access to the game server. Definitely there’s pros and cons for advanced mode than basic mode

  • Pros
    • If you can’t detour the network congestion with one mudfish node (basic mode), you can use two mudfish nodes.
    • If your game has a region restriction and you can’t find a proper node to access with one mudfish node, you can use two mudfish nodes
  • Cons
    • Using two nodes increases instability of connections. Specially for RTT stddev could be more bigger though it depends on the status of mudfish node.

How to pick the best mudfish node for game I play?

There is no easy answer for this question. Depending on the internet status (at your ISP, mudfish node or game server ISP), the result could be very vary. However the general method to pick a mudfish node is as follows:

  • Equip the game item on your account.
  • Click the game item to enter the configuration menu at Dashboard.
  • At ‘Setup’ tab, you can find ‘Nodes’ option. At there click the magnifier icon, it’ll pop up a window.
  • At pop-up window, you can click a game server location you enjoyed to play. Depending on your game location, it shows more details information from each mudfish nodes. For example,
    • Server Location
    • System Load
    • Traffic for last 5 minutes
    • Score
    • RTT Graph.
  • To pick the mudfish node, the following are priorities to be considered.
    1. Lower score is better.
    2. If multiple nodes have similar score values, please see RTT graph. If the graph is around flat (points that RTT std is closer to 0), it’d better.
    3. Traffic for last 5 minutes could be considered. But depending on the mudfish node’s capacity, it could be okay or not.

What’s nodes for having PBE characters on the title?

PBE is a word of League of Legends; short for Public Beta Environment. It points that nodes are for testing the beta features of Mudfish problem. So please note that these VPN nodes are

  • Frequently be rebooted or restarted the system or applications.
  • Without notification, it could be changed to the non-free VPN node.
  • Without any notifications, it could be closed.

How do I get the updated routing paths?

Unfortunately at this moment it’s no way to update it manually. It’s one of tasks I should fix. However these update event is triggered:

  • When you sign in using Mudfish Launcher.
  • When you changed the option of game item.
  • When you changed the configuration of Mudfish.
  • When you changed Full VPN mode option.

But please note that these update processing should be delayed depending on how RTT calculation server is under load.

What does System Load mean?

These values means “CPU Steal % / IO Wait % / No. of Network Card Error”.

  • CPU Steal %

    This points that how many CPU % is stealed by Host OS if the mudfish node is on virtual environment. So if it’s high, it means it’s under more heavy load.

  • IO Wait %

    If this value is high, this points that there’s many disk related operations on this mudfish node.

  • No. of Network Card Error

    It shows how many network errors happens on NIC of mudfish node.

Do I have to restart my game whenever I choose a new node?

Yes I think so if you already connected to the game. If not connected yet you don’t need to restart the game.

Less traffic or more traffic is better for a node?

It depends on the network capacity of each mudfish nodes. However unfortunately each mudfish node has different network bandwidth. So even if a node has a high traffic, you can still get a smooth response from the node if it doesn’t hit the limit of bandwidth.

Which a mudfish node is best to connect the China game server?

If you’d like to connect the game server locates at China mainland, please remember the following things when you pick a mudfish node:

  • There’s a Great Firewall between the china mainland and outside internets which does filtering or blocking the data. Due to this firewall, your internet connection could be very unstable when you play the china game server.
  • Also ISPs of china have their own network policy or firewall to filter the data.

How to pick a mudfish node for china game server?

Most important thing is RTT stddev between mudfish nodes and the game server. This information is available when you click “the magnifier icon” found at the item configuration after enabling Expert Mode.

  • Normally Hong Kong based mudfish nodes have good connections to the china mainland.
  • Sometimes South Korea based mudfish nodes have good connections too.
  • If you’re picking a mudfish nodes based on RTT avg not RTT stddev, there’s more chance to meet the ping spikes and packet losses.