The can't use AI's gear from map looks like a bug to me. The only other way to access AI's gear is to give them a gear action command, which tends to send them running off to a nearby dead body/weaponholder/crate/vehicle which may not be a good idea in some circumstances.
Maybe this bug was introduced with the recent MP gear priority and weaponholder changes, as the gear was working from the map only a few betas ago.
can someone write CIT bug report ticket about that AI gear issue?
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Sorry for the late reply Dwarden. I found the problem to be with my router. I was using a Belkin F5D7634-4 v2.
I attempted to connect to the server with no firewalls running and my machine set in a DMZ but still no success.
I tried to circumvent router protection further by assigning my machine an IP out of the DNS range of my router but this still did not work.
Switching to an old back up router I have solved the problem. Im still unsure as to why the beta patch would cause my router to throw a fit though.
thanks for telling us ...
Setting your PC as DMZ target should never be the solution for client apps/games, it also defeats a part of the router's purpose of shielding you off the internet.
They shouldn't require incoming connections, generally only outgoing.