Hello! We recently enabled a non-peer-to-peer version of the Akamai NetSession client for the DDO launcher, and wanted to update you on our plans to utilize this service in the future.
The Akamai NetSession client allows us to quickly and reliably deliver fresh DDO client installations to you, and assist in the repair of missing or corrupted files in current game installations. The client utilizes Akamai’s large network of edge servers to deliver this content from a location which is deemed geographically closest to you, and ensures that we are able to efficiently and effectively get you what you need to play DDO.
Although some versions of the Akamai NetSession client used by other software providers utilize Peer-to-Peer technology, we have decided not to use P2P as it relates to DDO. What this means is that Akamai NetSession will NOT use peer-to-peer when delivering DDO-related content even if the P2P NetSession Client is installed. The P2P setting is configured on both the NetSession Client and on the server-end, and both must be configured to enable P2P before P2P traffic is allowed.
When we launched Update 21, the Akamai NetSession client was introduced in part to replace the former Pando-enabled client. Since the launch, we’ve heard from you about your concerns, including:
- The need to accept a required Akamai EULA that contains language in which enablement of peer-to-peer technology is discussed, despite our decision to not utilize this aspect of the client.
- The requirement that Akamai NetSession be installed on your computer to launch DDO, even if you no longer have an immediate need for the program.
- That Akamai NetSession reinstalls upon subsequent launch of the DDO client once removed.
We have been investigating our options, and have found a solution which we hope will alleviate your concerns. In a future update, we will be altering the Akamai NetSession client to only install if the DDO launcher detects that it is necessary (for example, if you accidentally deleted a required file, or if you are installing new.) Additionally, we will use a more specific EULA that provides further detail about what the program is, and more clearly matches our actual usage of the product.
Once you install the DDO client, it will be possible to uninstall Akamai NetSession from your computer, and NetSession will not reinstall upon subsequent launch of the DDO client unless it is necessary to deliver a deleted file or a fresh installation. Typical game updates will not require the use of Akamai NetSession.
As always, we appreciate your support, and thank you for playing DDO!