For all people who never worked with Teamspeak, here is a brief summary of how the program works. You will need teamspeak if you want to participate at the coaching sessions on our Teamspeak server.

[b]What is Teamspeak anyhow?[/b]
Teamspeak is nothing else than an online conference. With this Software you are able to talk to others via the Internet. Teamspeak ensures high sound quality.

Quote from the Teamspeak Homepage:

Teamspeak is a quality, scalable application which enables people to speak with one another over the Internet. Teamspeak consists of both client and server software. The Teamspeak server acts as a host to multiple client connections, capable of handling literally thousands of simultaneous users. This results in an Internet based teleconferencing solution that works in a variety of applications such as team mates speaking with one another while playing their favorite online game, small businesses cutting costs on long distance charges, or for personal communication with friends and family.

Among Teamspeak's incredible range of features are crystal clear voice communication, Windows/Linux cross-platform design for both the client and server, a built-in web based administration panel for the server, and a highly scalable user permissions system. An added feature to Authorized Teamspeak Host Providers (ATHPs) that wish to rent servers to their customers includes the ability to spawn multiple instances of the server from a single server session, thus easily facilitating "server-farming".

[b]Where can I download Teamspeak? Do I need anything else?[/b]

You can download the current client version, available for Windows and Linux, here.

Remember to download the client and not the server version!

If you are a Mac-user you can download an (inofficial) beta-version here

In order to use the Software with all their features you will need a microphone (enabling you to talk). Plug it into your computer's microphone-port. Most of the time the ports are colored, so that it should not be too hard to find out where you have to plug it in.
It does not matter if you use a clip, a standard microphone or a headset. Personally, I advise to use a headset, because it has one big advantage: You don't have to adjust your microphone all the time (possible echo and/or feedback otherwise).
You should not try to save too much money buying a headset. I recommend decent headsets, the crappy (cheap) ones will not last very long and their quality isn't too good, neither. And I guess you want others to understand you quite well on Teamspeak.

[b]How to configure Teamspeak?[/b]Connect.
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- Nickname: Your Pokerstrategy.de nickname
- Select Anonymous
- Server Password: aceofspades
- Select Auto-Reconnect
b) Registered user:
- Server Address: pokerstrategy.de:9000
- Nickname: Your Pokerstrategy.de nickname
- Select Registered
- Login Name: Your Pokerstrategy.de nickname
- Password: The password you received via e-mail.
- Select Auto-Reconnect

More adjustments usually are not necessary. If you are not comfortable with your volume, you can change the settings here: Settings -> Sound Input / Output Settings.

If you still have problems you might check on your windows volume settings and fix your microphone recording level. Make sure that your microphone is not muted.

[b]Settings explained in detail[/b]
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The following settings ([B]Settings -> Sound Settings[/b]) should be checked to make support, if necessary, easier:

"Output Volume" = If people do not understand you, you do not have to turn up the volume here because it is your sound and not your recording volume.

"Push To Talk" = This method reminds of a walkie-talkie. It works exactly the same way. If you want to speak, you need to press a certain key. This could help people freaking out pretty easily not to bother the whole channel.

And the MOST important setting:

"Voice Activation" = If you start talking, Teamspeak starts to transmit. Therefore the Voice Activation Level is of central importance and has to be fine-tuned!
You are able to configure how loud you have to talk to activate the transmission. This setting should not be set too sensitive, otherwise background sounds like breathing, music, or keyboard sounds will be transmitted. This can very well annoy other people in the same Teamspeak channel. So push your Voice Activation Level as high as possible (towards "shout")!
If someone has an acoustic feedback, you should be so kind to adjust your voice activation level. This can happen quite easy if you listen via speakers and talk by using a standard microphone. Other listeners might hear their voice with a little latency which is really irritating. If you want to find out if you set the voice activation level too sensitive, you have to watch the green button next to your nickname. If it lightens up even if you are not saying anything, you have to adjust your voice activation level less sensitive.

If you have problems with your Headset, the Windows Assistant might help. You can also try the Windows Sounds and Audio Devices or the substitute program shipped along with your Soundcard, if you doubt that your microphone is installed properly.
To do that:
- Double click on the volume setting nest to the timer
- If it is not there: Start menu -> Settings -> control panel -> Sounds-and-Audio-Devices -> Advanced -> Options -> Properties
- Adjust volume for: Recording
- Select microphone
- Ok[/list]
- Check if microphone is selected
- If other users have problems understanding you, you can try to adjust the regulator here

If you want to find out if you are able to hear yourself:
- Start menu -> Settings -> control panel -> Sounds-and-Audio-Devices -> Advanced -> Options -> Properties
- Adjust volume for: Playback
- Select microphone


Official Teamspeak Homepage
Client Tutorial (Teamspeak Homepage)
Link helping at the configuration of your sound settings

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Written by Stargoose