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This guide is intended for people who don't know much, if anything about IRC. If you already know your stuff, or at least how to connect to a network, here's the info you'll want:

  • Serverirc.ecnet.org
  • Port6667 (the IRC port for most networks)

If that doesn't make sense to you, or you don't know what to do with that info, stick around because this walkthrough is for you. :)

What is IRC?

IRC stands for "Internet Relay Chat", and it is a popular way for people to chat with others. This is ECNet, which is one of thousands of IRC networks. Each network has several different channels, or chatrooms, where you can chat which several people in one place.

What is ECNet?

ECNet is a medium-sized network that has an average of 200 people on it. Many people like ECNet because of the relative stability of its servers, the support given by the staff, and our atmosphere of friendliness.

How do I chat on ECNet?

First you'll need an IRC client, which is kind of like a web browser for IRC. If you don't want to download anything just yet, you can use our java client or our CGI client (whichever one suits your tastes better), or if you want a client you can download that has more features, then you should try one of the downloadable clients listed below.

Ready-to-go clients

Downloadable clients

How do I join a channel?

Once you've connected to the network, if you already know what channel you would like to join, you can type in this command:

/join #channel

Replace the word "#channel" with the name of the channel you want to join. For example, if you want to join #ecnet, type in /join #ecnet Here are some popular channels that might interest you:

  • #mipoio –
  • #ecnet –
  • #laserchat –
  • #sadie's_shack –
  • #intj –
  • #starlight –

If you want to see all of the channels you can join, when you've connected to the network, type in /list

What can I do now?

How do I register my nickname?

How do I make my own channel?

Where can I learn more?