We are currently testing a small TCP Optimization application that we hope will help users solve their frustrating connection issues. If you do not have any issues with your connection to the Minecraft Addicts server, disregard this message.

If you are suffering from disconnect/lag issues, on the other hand, give this a try and let us know if it helps your experience at all.

What is it?

TCP Buffer is a small Java application developed by Florian Köberle that acts as a proxy between your Minecraft client and the Minecraft server.

Minecraft, by default, uses lots and lots of small packages to communicate information between the client and the server, and this can lead to connection issues for a number of reasons. This program takes all of those small packages, groups them together into a buffer, and then sends them at static intervals. The application is also running on the server to allow an 'optimized' connection to be created.

How To Use It

1) Download TCPBufferv5.jar from HERE. Save it somewhere that you can find/launch it quickly since you will need to run it before you start MC each time.

2) Launch the file and populate the information like you see in this example. It should work on both PC and Mac. Leave the duration in step 7 at 50ms for now. You will need to populate this information every time you restart the TCP Buffer program... it will not remember your settings, unfortunately.

3) Once you've pressed START and you see that it's "Listening at port 25565", launch Minecraft.

4) In Minecraft, go to Multiplayer, and change the server to 'localhost' -- this will tell your Minecraft client to connect to the TCP Buffer application. The TCP Buffer application will then make the connection to Minecraft Addicts.

If you don't find that it is helping your connection at all, you can simply close/delete the file you downloaded and change your multiplayer server back to 'server.minecraftaddicts.com'

If you find that it helps your connection, please let us know so that we can get an idea of it's value.