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Battlefield 2142: Eliminating Connection to Advertisement Server

By now, it's quite well known that Battlefield 2142 collects IP addresses, serves regional advertisements, and sends back advertisement impressions on the players. The question now is how to block these information from being transferred back and forth.

One suggested method is to block specific IP's at the firewall router level. And USA.Major.Tom has already scouted out the IP ranges in this post. It's excerpted here for your convenience:

3. I lit off the DOS command:
NETSTAT -A 15 (meaning look for network status/connections every 15 secs).

I light off BF2142 Demo and Alt Tabbed to the DOS netstat window.

Almost immediately several IP's showed up:
(My port 3402) Desination IP 72.32.5.13 Destination Port: 9961
(My port 3414) Destination IP 159.153.235.92 Destination Port: 18510
(My port 3430) Destination IP 207.38.11.34 Destination Port: 29990

The First was, you guessed it:

Rackspace.com, Ltd. RSCP-NET-4 (NET-72-32-0-0-1)
72.32.0.0 - 72.32.255.255
IGA Technologies, LLC RSPC-78769-1138136594 (NET-72-32-5-0-1)
72.32.5.0 - 72.32.5.15

The Second IP is:

OrgName: Electronic Arts, Inc.
OrgID: ELECTR-60
Address: 209 Redwood Shores Parkway
City: Redwood City
StateProv: CA
PostalCode: 94065
Country: US

NetRange: 159.153.0.0 - 159.153.255.255
CIDR: 159.153.0.0/16
NetName: EA
NetHandle: NET-159-153-0-0-1
Parent: NET-159-0-0-0-0
NetType: Direct Assignment
NameServer: SEDNS.EA.COM
NameServer: SWDNS.EA.COM
Comment:
RegDate: 1992-04-29
Updated: 2006-07-07

RTechHandle: EAMAI1-ARIN
RTechName: EA Maintainer
RTechPhone: +1-650-628-5555
RTechEmail: [email protected]

OrgTechHandle: EAMAI1-ARIN
OrgTechName: EA Maintainer
OrgTechPhone: +1-650-628-5555
OrgTechEmail: [email protected]

And last but Not least, the 3rd IP was:

Intelenet Communications INTELENET-207 (NET-207-38-0-0-1)
207.38.0.0 - 207.38.127.255
GameSpy Industries ICI-GAMESPY-3 (NET-207-38-8-0-1)
207.38.8.0 - 207.38.15.255

But this solution is only viable for players with a firewall or a router that supports IP block. It would be a cleaner solution to reconfigure Battlefield 2142 with an IP address that points to no where (preferably on the local network).

I would be looking for such a solution in the near future. But if anyone has already figured it out beforehand, please share with us.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 13 Dec 2006 11:04:01 -0800

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