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Old 10-19-2009, 10:49 AM   #1
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Does installation of games(especially of TF2) and updates require p2p?

I just bought TF2 but I don't want to install it yet because I've had instances where games used p2p to install/update. At the college I go to, they close off your internet if you use p2p. So I don't want to risk doing any installations or updates yet.
 
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:59 AM   #2
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Steam games are not updated using P2P - content comes direct from a content server.
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:15 PM   #3
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Installation of steam games don't use p2p either?
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:25 PM   #4
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Installation of steam games don't use p2p either?
Nope (10nopes).
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:55 PM   #5
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Okay. Thank you for the quick replies.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:29 PM   #6
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No problem there at all. What your college is mostly worried about is things like bittorrent, which is often used to download pirated material and can be a big strain on the network. That's what they mean by p2p (peer-to-peer).

Nevertheless as the others have said, nothing to worry about, Steam doesn't use any form of p2p whatsoever.
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:55 PM   #7
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No problem there at all. What your college is mostly worried about is things like bittorrent, which is often used to download pirated material and can be a big strain on the network. That's what they mean by p2p (peer-to-peer).

Nevertheless as the others have said, nothing to worry about, Steam doesn't use any form of p2p whatsoever.
I know Blizzard uses the bittorrent protocol combined with a direct http download for all of their games now, so if your school has bittorrent blocked Blizzard games could be problematic. Though I'm pretty sure there is an option in the downloader to disable the p2p part
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