How do I join the Global Network?
If you’re wondering what the Global Network is, read this more detailed post.
Ready to join? Contributing your computing power is easy and we have a few options so it doesn’t interfere with your gaming (like slow it down, that would be bad!) It also will never interfere with your bandwidth, so it won’t affect streaming Netflix – the data sent back and forth is 10x smaller than a simple image. What we need is your computer’s processing power, not your bandwidth.
There is one exception: If you have a laptop or computer that is prone to overheating when under heavy use, we suggest you do NOT join the Global Network. We appreciate that you want to help, but laptops in particular aren’t good under full, constant CPU use.
If you’re wondering how big of a difference you can make – a big one! Every person counts and my initial goal is to get 500 people connected. I hope you will be one of them, and if you are, take a look at the progress we’re making on this status update post.
If you are familiar with the client already, it’s easy. When you have the client open, press any key to bring up the menu. You’ll see a Global Network option. Select that, and if you want you can set a schedule (jump to step 5 for more details below).
Thank you! No really, you are helping millions of wow players!
People play WoW because it is fun. It isn’t fun to worry if you have the ‘right’ gear equipped, or spend more time outside of the game simming stat weights than you do playing the game. We want to take that stress away and get everyone to spend more time in the game.
While we don’t reach every WoW player, we do have a million+ users that we can help every time they visit. When you join the Global Network, your computing power helps make this possible for all of those people. And it really means a lot to us that you are happy to help this cause.
More information & Updates
More info can be found on this thread on our forums, along with updates. Feel free to post any bugs on the forums too (wait, bugs never happen, right?!)
Also, this is still pretty early, and I’d love to be able to send out updates to you via email – NOT marketing. It would be more like the progress on pre-running stat weights and if we need you to restart your client for some reason. If you don’t mind me emailing you (it will be me personally), please drop your email in this form.
PS. If you got this far, I /salute you. And I thank you for joining the “GloNet.” 🙂