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Mahjong Time- Help FAQ


TECHNICAL SUPPORT

GENERAL SUPPORT

  1. How can I play all the games if I am behind a firewall?
  2. I keep losing my connection. What should I do?
  3. If my connection fails, am I kicked out of the game?
  4. Will cordless phones interfere with wireless internet?
  5. How can I be sure that my connection to your site is optimal?
  6. Why should I clear the cache of my browser?
  7. I am having technical trouble, what do I do?
  8. How to white list Mahjong Time emails?

GAME ERRORS

  1. How can I rejoin a tournament if my internet connection got lost?
  2. I don't know what happened but I can't sign in automatically anymore?
  3. The system always tells me that I've already moved or "it's not your turn"? What can I do?
  4. What does it mean when I get a message that says "Your session has expired"?
  5. After I sign in I just get a blank page, why?
  6. How can I play at multiple tables at the same time?
  7. Can I log in using a different platform (Apple/Android device)?

GENERAL SUPPORT

Q: How can I play all the games if I am behind a firewall?
A: Many companies and organizations restrict access to outside data using a "firewall". A firewall is a set of policies, which permit some activities and deny others. This is accomplished through software installed on the organization's networks. If a company only permits activity for duties they perform and know about, they know they can feel safe keeping the Web ports open.
If you try to play one of our games and the game software on your computer is unable to connect you to our game server, you will see a blue notification box telling you that you might be behind a firewall. Try selecting the option that says, "I might be behind a firewall. Try bypassing a firewall once." This will set the game software to connect you to our game server using the same port as your internet browser, which should get through the firewall and allow you to play the game.
If that works, then you can set the game software to always bypass your firewall by selecting, "I am sure that I am behind a firewall. Always connect bypassing it." This will prevent you from seeing the firewall notification in the future.
If you try to bypass the firewall and are still unable to play the game, then you may need to try turning off the firewall software (if you are on a home computer). Or, you may be experiencing a different issue, such as a problem with your internet connectivity.

 

Q: I keep losing my connection. What should I do?
A: There are a number of reasons why you get disconnected from the game. We have fast & under-utilized servers & a direct internet backbone connection via extremely fast 100 MB /S full duplex lines.
Depending on your location, however, there can be up to 20-30 intermediate networks that connect you to us - each of them is a potential point of an 'occasional' failure. Although quite rare, but our Tier 1 network can have short term outages as well.
To minimize the chance of disconnection, avoid downloading files, receiving mail, using VoIP phones, or other bandwidth-consuming applications during your playtime. The fewer applications you are running, the better the game functioning and chances of winning.
A network quality meter is available during the game, located on the bottom right corner of the game screen; it indicates the quality of your connectivity to our server.
The meter has a mobile phone antenna-style. The meter readings may be interpreted as follows (ping times are roundtrip times between you and our server):

 

Interpretation

Ping(ms)

Meter

Very Good

0-450

Good

450-900

Poor

900-2000

No connection

2000+


The meter reading is refreshed every 3 seconds.
Note that the quality of your connection to your ISP, the quality of their connection to the internet backbones, and the quality of all paths between them and our servers will have an impact on the speed of your connection.
If your connectivity is less than optimal for your modem speed and location, then somewhere on the internet — between your computer and our server - conditions are less than optimal.

Q: If my connection fails, am I kicked out of the game?
A: Yes, you will be kicked off the table. If it happens, you are required to simply re-login and re-join the game from the My Games section. When disconnected, our game engine will wait for you to reconnect for 1 minute if this setting was set, and will make a move on your behalf when the time expires.

Q: Will cordless phones interfere with wireless internet?
A: The answer is YES. You might face a problem if you are using a 2.4 GHz phone. This is the same frequency as your wireless router. It probably will not be noticed unless you have a lot of other things interfering such as satellite dishes and some remote controls also. Plus if you have a lot of other wireless networks in the area. It can cause problems as well.
More and more households and businesses today make use of cordless phones, which are made by various companies. Cordless phones operate on 3 different frequencies, 900MHz, 2.4GHz, and 5.8 GHz. Do those last two frequencies sound familiar? Yes, at least the 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies fall in the same frequency bands as 802.11b and 802.11a wireless LANs, respectively -- and the use of the phones can cause significant interference to your WLAN.
Potential 802.11b Interference
Majority of cordless phones used today are of 2.4GHz models. These phones, innocent as they may seem, reap devastating effects on 802.11b WLANs. There are cases where 2.4GHz phones severely interfere with 802.11b. Some 802.11b WLANs have even been totally shut down by somebody simply answering a 2.4GHz cordless phone.
Resolutions to Consider
What can you do to eliminate the effects a cordless phone has on your WLAN? There are number of solutions, some of which are guaranteed to work and others that might significantly lower the interference level. The fail-safe solutions all consist of replacing equipment.
If your interference is coming from a 2.4GHz phone, the sure fire solution is to change to a 900MHz or 5.8 GHz phone or switch the WLAN to 802.11a. Both methods will eliminate the interference. These solutions are the most effective, but also the most expensive.
Before spending lot of money on new hardware, consider the following less expensive (but possibly less effective) approaches:
• With 802.11b systems, try changing the channel on the access point (at least try 1, 6, and 11). Anecdotally, people have found that they have the least interference on channel 11.
• With 802.11a systems, change to any one of the channels that are not in use by the cordless phone.
• Change the location of the access point or the cordless phone base. Maximize the distance between the cordless phones and WLAN devices, especially WLAN users operating on the fringes of the access point range.
• If you have the option, use an external, remote antenna on your computer. This will let you place the antenna as far away as possible from a cordless phone.
There are no guarantees that these actions will work, but they may cut the interference enough to allow acceptable performance. Most attractive aspects of these solutions, however, is the fact that they are free.

Q: How can I be sure that my connection to your site is optimal?
A: To make sure that your connection is good - you can use the WinMTR software and follow these steps to collect the information about your connectivity to our site. By accessing this link to download the program: http://winmtr.net/download-winmtr/ you are not required to complete the form on the page because it is optional and you can press "Download" right away:

  1. If you have Windows XP, open the exe file "winmtr.exe". If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, extract the files from the ZIP archive, right click on the "winmtr.exe" file and choose "Run as administrator" then press "Allow"
  2. In the “Host” field enter the IP of mahjongtime servers: 69.43.135.106
  3. Press Start
  4. Make sure that no firewall software is blocking the program, then leave it for at least 1 hour to collect the data about your connection
  5. Press “Export TEXT” and save the result in a text file by including your username and date/time in its name, for example: Name_date_time.txt
  6. Close the program and send the text file to us at support@mahjongtime.com
  7. This file will be forwarded to our administrators for an investigation and we will get back to you.

Q: Why should I clear the cache of my browser??
A: In most cases login problems can be resolved by clearing your browser history files. To find out how to clear your browser History (Cache) follow the instructions listed below:

If you have Internet Explorer:

Open the Tools menu
Select the Internet Options
Click Delete, then select Temporary Internet Files
Click Delete then Restart the browser

 

If you have Firefox:

Open the Firefox menu
Click History then select Clear Recent History
Select Cache
Click the Clear Now
Restart the browser

 

If you have Google Chrome:

Open the Customize and Control button on the upper right.
Click Settings.
Click Show advanced settings...
Click Clear browsing data.
In the new menu select Empty the cache and accept the action.
Restart the browser.

 

If you have Safari:

Click the Edit menu.
Select Empty Cache
Restart the browser.

Q: I am having technical trouble, what do I do?
A: In case you are having technical trouble submit a problem report, click on the "Contact us" tab on the homepage and describe the issues you are experiencing in the text box.You can also look through the other questions on our FAQ page to check out if we have already answered your question.

Q: How to whitelist Mahjong Time emails?
A: Below are examples of how to Whitelist Mahjong Time e-mail in some of the more popular e-mail software programs:

Outlook (2003 and higher)
Outlook 2003 – Safe Senders List
Outlook Express (version 6 or higher)
Yahoo!
Gmail
Hotmail
MSN
MacMail
Norton AntiSpam
The lines above are each anchored to the instructions below:

Outlook (2003 or higher)
1. Open the email.
2. Right-click the sender’s email address.
3. Click Add to contacts.
4. Click Save and close.

Outlook 2003 – Safe Senders List
1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
2. On the Preferences tab, click Junk E-mail.
3. On the Safe Senders tab, click Add.
4. In the Add address, type news@mahjongtime.com
5. Click OK.

Outlook Express (version 6 or higher)
1. Open the email.
2. Left-click the sender icon, or right click the sender’s name.
3. Click Add to contacts.
4. Click Save and close.

Yahoo!
1. Open your Yahoo mailbox.
2. Click Mail Options
3. Click Filters.
4. Next, click Add Filter.
5. in Filter Name box type Mahjong Time
6. In the top row, labeled "From header," make sure contains is selected in the pull-down menu.
7. Click in the text box next to that pull-down menu, and then enter news@mahjongtime.com
8. At the bottom, where it says 'Move the message to:’ select 'Inbox' from the pull-down menu.
9. Click the Add Filter button again.

Gmail
1. Click Contacts along the left side of any Gmail page.
2. Click Add Contact.
3. In the primary email address box, type news@mahjongtime.com
4. Click Save.

Hotmail
1. Click the Options link.
2. Click the Mail link
3. Click on Junk E-Mail Protection
4. Click on Junk E-Mail Filter
5. From the selection list, choose your Junk E-Mail Filter level (select either 'Low', or 'Enhanced') and click the OK button
6. Click on Safe List
7. In "Type a single e-mail address (or domain)," type news@mahjongtime.com
8. Click Add button.

MSN
1. Click Help & Settings
2. Click Email Settings
3. Click on Safe List
4. In Add an item to this list, enter news@mahjongtime.com
5. Click Add

MacMail
1. Open the email.
2. Ctrl-click the sender’s email address and select Open in the address book.
3. Verify the sender’s contact information.

Norton AntiSpam
1. Start up Norton AntiSpam.
2. Click the Status & Settings tab.
3. Click AntiSpam.
4. Click Configure.
5. Click Allowed List tab.
6. Click Add button.
7. In the 'Email Address' box, enter news@mahjongtime.com.
8. Click OK.

GAME ERRORS

Q: How can I rejoin a tournament if my internet connection got lost?
A: To rejoin a current tournament you can use the My Games tab in the Games section.

Q: I don't know what happened but I can't sign in automatically anymore?
A: You have to check the browser Options. Please go to: Tools - Options, in the Content tag there is a button "AutoComplete", click it and in the window that appears you have to check the option "user names and Password on forms". After that you need to leave the page, Sign in again and it will remember your password and you will be able to sign in automatically next time.

Q: The system always tells me that I've already moved or "it's not your turn"? What can I do?
A: The system can move your tiles if you do not discard your tiles on time. The best solution for this is to play games with higher time limit. In most cases it solves the problem.

Q: What does it mean when I get a message that says "Your session has expired"?
A: This usually means that you have lost the Internet connection. Simply re-login and re-join the game that you are currently playing.

Q: After I sign in I just get a blank page, why?
A: To be able to access the game you will need to install Adobe Flash Player. To install it, please follow the next steps:

  • Access the site www.adobe.com
  • On the right hand side of the screen click on the "Get Adobe Flash Player" box.
  • Click "Install Now" button.
  • Follow the instructions.

Q: How can I play at multiple tables at the same time?
A: If you are quick enough to successfully play at more than one table, follow these simple instructions:

  • In your browser - open a second tab.
  • Login with your account. Then copy the address from the address bar.
  • Paste the address into the second tab.
If you are unsuccessful initially, close the browser and repeat the same instruction.

Q: Can I log in using a different platform (Apple/Android device)?
A: Our site has a mobile version for both type of devices.
For more information on mobile Apple/Android applications, please visit our article on the subject here.
You can also find the app in the AppStore for free by typing "Mahjong Time multiplayer" you will find the app listed first and it shows that it is created by Jingle Prize, Inc.
You will be able to use the same account name and password to access the mobile application on your iPad and the application can be installed for free.

 
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