How to play Quake 3 Arena over Meshnet

Learn how to host a Quake 3 Arena server on Windows and play with your friends via Meshnet.


Quake 3 Arena is a classic first-person shooter game that has been a favorite among gamers for decades. While the game lacks a dedicated single-player storyline, it more than makes up for it with its engaging multiplayer experience.

In Quake 3 Arena, you can enjoy online multiplayer servers or create your own local server with just a few clicks. The server creation menu allows you to customize many aspects of the game, thereby making the game more interesting. However, what is the point of hosting a local server if none of your friends can join it?

By adding Meshnet to the equation, you can create a secure virtual network that connects devices located all over the world. Meshnet allows you to reap most of the benefits of local area network (LAN) gaming, even when all of the participants are using different networks.

This article will showcase how you can use NordVPN’s Meshnet feature to play Quake 3 Arena on Windows with your friends.

Start your Quake 3 Arena server

To create your personal Quake 3 Arena server:

  1. Open Quake 3 Arena.

  2. Select Multiplayer and click Create.

  3. Choose your preferred map as well as the game mode and click Next.

  4. Configure the server’s settings to your liking.

  5. Set the Dedicated option to No.

  6. Click Fight.

Once the server loads in a few seconds, other people can start joining in.

Invite your friends

After loading into the selected map, your friends can join the server to participate in the game. To connect to the server:

  1. Copy the Meshnet IP address of the server computer from the NordVPN app by clicking it.

  2. Open Quake 3 Arena.

  3. Select Multiplayer and click Specify.

  4. Paste the copied Meshet IP to the Address field.

  5. Click Fight.

Alternatively, you can open the console by pressing the ~ (tilde) key on your keyboard and then typing in the following command, replacing <server> with the copied Meshnet IP address.

connect <server>



You will shortly be connected to the server and have the opportunity to enjoy a private LAN game of Quake 3 Arena through Meshnet.

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