Setup And Connect

Photon Unity Networking (PUN) is really easy to setup. Import PUN into a new project and the PUN Wizard will pop up. Alternatively it's in the menu: "Window", "Photon Unity Networking".

PUN Wizard
PUN Wizard

Register for a new (free) Photon Cloud account by entering an email or copy and paste an existing AppId from the Dashboard. Done.

If you want to host a Photon Server yourself, click "skip" and edit the PhotonServerSettings, as described below.

To connect, you only have to call PhotonNetwork.ConnectUsingSettings() in your code.

If you need more control, see "Connect Manually" below.

PhotonServerSettings

The Wizard adds a PhotonServerSettings file to your project to store a configuration, which is primarily used by ConnectUsingSettings. You can setup the connection to the Photon Cloud or a self hosted server and change other commonplace settings.

PhotonServerSettings in Inspector
PhotonServerSettings in Inspector

You can set the AppId, Photon Cloud Region, Game Version and more. The default settings will be fine in most of the cases.

Configuration Values

AppId Realtime, Chat and Voice

AppIds are used by the Photon Cloud to identify each title. PUN uses a Realtime App Id for the connections. It also works well with Photon Chat and Voice, which need their own App Id each, should you use the features.

App Version

In PUN, the App Version is part of the Game Version. Clients with different Game Version values, are separated from one another.

Use Name Server

When connecting to older Photon Server instances, the clients connect directly to a Master Server, instead of a Name Server. Uncheck this only, when you host Photon yourself. See below.

Fixed Region

When connecting to the cloud, PUN will select the best region by default. In case you want to connect to a specific region, enter a region code here and Best Region Selection will be off.

Server

This option is mostly relevant when hosting your own Photon Server. To do so, get the Photon Server SDK. Uncheck Use Name Server box to connect the clients directly to your Master Server.

Make sure your clients can reach the entered address. It can be a public, static IP, hostname or any address in the network that your clients use.

If you develop games for iOS you may consider reading about "PUN and IPv6" and "how to setup Photon Server for IPv6".

When things are setup correctly, you can call PhotonNetwork.ConnectUsingSettings() in your code.

Port and Protocol

Photon is built to use several servers during one session. The port entered here is the one of the first server to connect to. This could be a Master Server or Name Server. The port also depends on the selected protocol.

If you connect to the Photon Cloud, leave this value 0. Else, look up the standard ports Photon uses.

The default for the Protocol is (reliable) UDP but Photon supports TCP and WebSockets. A PUN client will use Secure WebSockets automatically in WebGL exports.

We suggest you stick to UDP.

Enable Lobby Statistics

To get Lobby Statistics from the server this should be checked. See "App And Lobby Stats" page for more information.

Network Logging

This controls the logging of the lower level Photon code. Unless needed, this should stick to the Error setting.

Enable Support Logger

This is a useful setting when you need to track down what happens during connect, matchmaking or in a room. When checked, our script will register for callbacks and log vital info to help debugging your game.

Run in Background

This sets the Unity setting with the same name. More information here.

RPC List

"Remote Procedure Calls" enable you to call a method on other clients in a room. PUN keeps a list of those methods in the PhotonServerSettings and uses each name's index as abbreviation when calling RPCs.

See Remote Procedure Calls.

Configuration For Self Hosted Photon

Uncheck "Use Name Server" as the Photon Server SDKs don't include this service. Clear Fixed Region. Set "Server" to the IP or host name of your Photon Server. It must be in a network your client(s) can reach. Using "localhost" or 127.0.0.1 is OK, if the client is a standalone build on the same machine. Enter the port: 5055.

OnPremises Settings Example
OnPremises Settings Example

When using the Photon Server (OnPremises), there are two notable adjustments to make:

  • Cients need to set a unique UserId, even if you don't authenticate users. For example, generate and save a GUID per device.
  • The GameVersion / AppVersion is not used to create separate virtual AppIds.

Connect Manually

As alternative to PhotonNetwork.ConnectUsingSettings() you can connect to your own Photon Servers by using PhotonNetwork.ConnectToMaster(). This is useful when you host Photon On-Premises.

For ConnectToMaster(), you need to provide a masterServerAddress and a port. The address is either your On-Premises DNS name or an IP. It can include the port after a colon (then pass 0 as port) or you can pass the port separately.

ConnectToMaster() has two more parameters: "appID" and "gameVersion". Both are only relevant for the Photon Cloud and can be set to any value when you host Photon yourself.

For the Photon Cloud, use ConnectUsingSettings(). It involves our Name Server to find the Master Server of a region automatically.

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