WoW Insider feels your pain! After all, imagine having to write about WoW only to find out you can't get into WoW.
I wanted to answer a lot of the comments about what people can do. First and foremost, we're not Blizzard. So we can't really say for sure what's going on. We can make educated guesses through. Continue reading after the break for what you can do and where you can go to solve this problem.
My educated guess is that something is amiss with the Domain Name System (DNS). This is the software that lets your computer translate worldofwarcraft.com into numbers like 123.456.789.012, which the computer can understand and use. A lot of people suggest using OpenDNS. However, I agree fully when Blizzard CM Adams (no relation) when he says that to do this is at your own risk. Using other DNS servers allows for very easy spoofing of internet sites. People can steal your login information from this, your financial information, and your social security number. If you still want to try this, feel free to do so and check out https://www.opendns.com/start.
Another common solution has been to remove the fully qualified domain names from WoW's data files and put in the IP address instead. This is a safer way to do things, and is recommended in a pinch. However, if Blizzard were to ever change the IP addresses of their servers, which is most definitely their prerogative, you wouldn't be able to connect until you update your files. This might prove challenging. And as with all fixes, this could make your game unplayable if you do it wrong, so you do so at your own risk. To make the change, follow these steps:
- Go into your WoW folder, and open the file "realmlist.wtf". Use a text editor. Save a backup copy of the file before you do anything to it.
- Find the line "set realmlist us.logon.worldofwarcraft.com" and change it to "set realmlist 126.96.36.199"
- Find the line "set patchlist us.version.worldofwarcraft.com" and change it to "set patchlist 188.8.131.52"
- Save the file and enjoy.
Hopefully this answers some of your connection related issues. If it doesn't, at least you have a number now that you can get a hold of Blizzard.
Have any other tips for our connection challenged friends? Share and be loved!