- A domain of your choosing, you can purchase one from somewhere like Namecheap.
- A working recent TeamSpeak server version.
- A Cloudflare account, although these instructions should apply to any DNS hosting.
- A static IP for TeamSpeak, this isn’t strictly required, but do you really want to keep updating your DNS records when your IP changes?
What is an SRV record?
The SRV record allows you to specify a hostname and port in a DNS record to allow you to point to services without a client having to specify a port number, it also has the added benefit of allowing you to have your services all pointed to for the base domain name for all services, even if they’re on different IP’s. For example tldrtips.com could point to a TeamSpeak server and this website at the same time, even though the services woudl have different IP’s.
So how can do I add an SRV record for TeamSpeak?
First we’ll need to add an A record for a subdomain that points to our TeamSpeak server, go to your Cloudflare dashboard (https://dash.cloudflare.com) and click your domain, then press the DNS tab.
Select an A record from the drop down in the section to add new records and enter the following, replacing 127.0.0.1 with your TeamSpeak server IP address.
After you’ve pressed “Add Record” then we’ll need to add the SRV record, in the drop down press SRV and a pop up like the following should appear.
We’ll use the following values
Service : _ts3
Protocol : UDP
Name : tldrtips.com
For Service we always enter “_ts3”, which is the service name for TeamSpeak.
Protocol is always UDP, TeamSpeak is primarily a UDP application.
Name will be the (sub)domain that you want to use for TeamSpeak, you could use ts.tldrtips.com if you desire a subdomain, but for simplicity for the user we’ll pick tldrtips.com.
When you press save the following pop up will appear, for a simple setup we’ll use the following values
Priority : 0
Weight : 4
Port : 9987
Target : ts.tldrtips.com
Priority is the order in which SRV record of the same type will be looked at, a priority of 0 is the highest priority, this could be used to have fall-back servers if your main server is down, but TeamSpeak does not have this ability so we’ll keep it as 0.
Weight is considered when 2 records have the same priority, this could be used in other services for load balancing servers, but, again, TeamSpeak does not have this functionality.
Port will be the port of your TeamSpeak server, by default this is 9987, which we’ll sue here, your host may have given you a different port to use, so please check. this is NOT the query port of TeamSpeak.
Target is a pointer to the A record we made before we started to make this SRV record, this has to match the A record you made earlier or nothing will work.
Press the save button. After all that is done you should have a working SRV record for TeamSpeak, you should see something similar to the following if all is working and well.
Now you have a new SRV record set up, why not promote it on a TeamSpeak Server List? The extra exposure could help you become the number one server on the planet some day.
Too complicated? You can make a free Private TeamSpeak channel on many TeamSpeak servers.