Newbie Guide to DALnet

Version 1.1.1


Last revised by h () on 2017-03-18

Originally written by Wuher () on 2000-12-11

Please direct any comments or feedback about this document (only! no help requests!) to docs@dal.net. If you need help on issues not covered in this document, please see the information at http://help.dal.net.

Introduction

IRC is an acronym for Internet Relay Chat, which is a chat system for the Internet. DALnet's services are all donated by companies and individuals to benefit the tens of thousands of people chatting at any given time.

Contents

1 · Connecting to IRC

To connect to DALnet, you need an IRC client. Regardless of your operating system, chances are there is at least one IRC client for it. For more information about the wide variety of software you can use to access DALnet, see http://www.dal.net/software. If you can't download an IRC client but would like to chat on DALnet, http://www.dal.net has a java client available for public use.

You can connect to DALnet with an IRC client for your mobile device. Here are some applications that will let you connect to DALnet for all kinds of mobile’s Operating Systems.

1.1 iOS users (iPhones/iPads/iPod touch)

1. Colloquy

- How to connect to DALnet

- Where to download

2. IRCCloud

- How to connect to DALnet via website

- How to connect to DALnet via mobile app ( iOS and Android )

- Where to download

- Colloquy

Traditionally, chat clients on the Mac have been anything but glamorous. Colloquy is an advanced IRC , SILC and ICB client which aims to fill this void. By adhering to Mac OS X interface conventions,Colloquy has the look and feel of a quality Mac application. AppleScript. A powerful dictionary for easy scripting. The Application is up to date, and *NOT* free.

- How to connect to DALnet :

1. Download it via App store.

2. Enter the application.

3. Tap Manage.

4. Tap Add New Connection —> IRC Connection.

5. In the Address field, enter the DALnet server address irc.dal.net.

6. In the Network Identity field, enter your Nickname and Real Name.

7. Tap Advanced.

a) In the Server Port field, enter the DALnet server port (default 6667, for SSL default 6697).

b) Turn on Use SSL if your DALnet server uses SSL.

c) Turn off Attempt SASL.

d) In the Username field, enter your IRC username/ident.

e) In the Password field, Leave empty.

f) In the Nick Pass field, it is your choice to write down your nickname’s password or leave it empty.

g) In the Encoding field, leave it as it is. “For Arab DALnetizens, change it to Arabic(Windows)”.

***Arabic(Windows) is an encoding used to write Arabic under Microsoft Windows.****

8. Now go back and tap Connect.

- Where to download :

From Apps store you can search about Colloquy and download it in your device, or you can find it in their official website http://colloquy.info/downloads.html

- IRCCloud

IRCCloud is an IRC client with a future. Stay connected, chat from anywhere, and never miss a message. Your account has been deleted. Sign up for a free account / Pricing. it connects you to DALnet servers, keeps your connection alive, and stores your chat history. You can access it via a modern web browser at https://www.IRCCloud.com, or to their mobile apps.

- How to connect via website :

1. Click https://www.IRCCloud.com.

2. You have to sign up by filling:

- Name

- Valid Email address

- Password

***click Sign up to get IRCCloud Email Verification. After you confirm your Email address, follow the next instructions to connect to DALnet :

a) In the Hostname field, you choose DALnet ipv6.dal.net

b) In the identify field, fill the blanks with your nickname and full name

c) press Join Network and Enjoy DALnet

- How to connect via mobile apps ( iOS/Android ) :

1. Download it via App Store or Google/Play store by searching the name IRCCloud

2. Sign up for an account by filling:

- Name

- Valid Email address

- Password

****click Sign up to get IRCCloud Email Verification. After you confirm your Email address, follow the next instructions to connect to DALnet :

a) In the Hostname field, you choose DALnet ipv6.dal.net

b) In the identify field, fill the blanks with your nickname and full name

c) press Join Network and Enjoy DALnet

Where to download :

Both operating systems can find the application in their applications store.

1.2 Android users (Samsung Galaxy/HUAWEI/LG/HTC and more)

1. AndroIRC

- How to connect to DALnet

- Where to download

- AndroIRC

AndroIRC is an Android IRC client which can connect to several server at the same time. The application is *FREE* and supports many languages. Please visit http://www.AndroIRC.com for more information.

- How to connect DALnet :

1. Download it via Google/Play store.

2. Once you've installed the app, click on the settings icon and select settings.

3. Tab Nickname and fill in Nickname/ident/Real name fields.

4. Tab Servers and click on the settings icon to add New Server and follow the next instructions.

a) Click on Name and write down DALnet as IRC server name then press OK

b) Click on Address and write down irc.dal.net then press OK

c) *Leave port as default*

d) *Leave Password empty*

e) Click on Nickname and write down your IRC nickname

f) Click on Ident and write down your IRC username

*charset is sensitive leave it as it is UTF-8. For Arab DALnetizens change it to windows-1256*

***WINDOWS-1256 is an encoding used to write Arabic under Microsoft Windows.***

5. Now Go back and click on plus(+) upper app page and choose DALnet to connect.

- Where to download :

From Google/Play store you can search about AndroIRC and download it in your mobile device, or you can visit their official website http://www.AndroIRC.com for more instructions.

NOTE: All the Previous Mobile Device Applications using the base IRC commands.

2 · What makes DALnet special?

DALnet is different from other IRC networks in a variety of ways. The most important difference is DALnet's custom IRC Services: NickServ, ChanServ, and MemoServ. DALnet's services are coded, maintained, and upgraded by our own staff. They are designed to make your chatting experience more enjoyable; for more information about DALnet's services, please visit http://www.dal.net/services.

3 · Basic IRC Commands

Connect to an IRC server

/server server:port

(example: /server irc.dal.net:7000)

Quit IRC with "message"

/quit message

(example: /quit Bye everyone!)

Enters the specified channel

/join #channel

(example: /join #Help)

Leaves the specified channel

/part #channel message

(example: /part #DALnetHelp Thanks for the help!)

Performs an action - * YourNick does something

/me action to perform

(example: /me waves to everyone in the channel)

Lists channels matching *subject*

/list *subject*

(example: /list *help*)

It might be worthwhile to note that all IRC commands can be typed into the commandline of your IRC client, though some have "popups" or similar menu features. For help using your IRC client, try a channel with the same name (e.g. #mIRC for mIRC, #pIRCh for pIRCh) or you can try /help in your IRC client.

One of the most frequently asked questions by new users is how to register a nick. This information can be found through http://docs.dal.net/docs/nsemail.html.

4 · Finding Help

DALnet has a large number of help channels that deal with a variety of different topics, not all of them necessarily IRC related. Therefore, the first step to finding help is to determine the nature of your problem.

For IRC related problems, it's important to know if it's a DALnet related question or not. We do not help with problems on other networks (getting banned, identd problems, server downtime, etc.). For DALnet related questions it's a good idea to visit #DALnetHelp, #IRCHelp or #Help. If you need help in another language, you can visit the following: #DALnetAide (French), #DALnetHilfe (German), #DALnetAyuda (Portuguese and Spanish), #DALnetYardim (Turkish).

5 · DALnet's IRC Operators

A DALnet IRC Operator assists his or her admin in server maintenance as assigned and helps maintain network stability. IRCops assist users in becoming oriented to the DALnet network, DALnet Services and in the mediation of disputes. They may also participate in various teams as they desire. Please note that DALnet is not a for-profit entity and its staff members are not paid.

For further information about the network's administration, you can visit http://www.dal.net/admin.

6 · Channel Operators

Persons with the @ symbol in front of their nick are considered channel operators, who can change some channel settings and keep order. They have the ability to forcefully remove someone from a channel, among other things. DALnet does not take part in how any channel is managed, that is up to the channel's ops, and ultimately, the channel's founder. Most ops behave responsibly, but if there are any problems, you should contact the channel's founder. The founder has the final say in how their channel is run. You can find out who is the founder of a channel with any of the following commands:

/chanserv info #channel

/quote chanserv info #channel

/msg chanserv@services.dal.net info #channel

7 · Security

When using IRC, you should be especially cautious about security. Be very careful when accepting files over IRC, do not share nickname or channel passwords with other users, and make sure to visit http://docs.dal.net/docs/exploits.html if you're using any form of Microsoft Windows.

8 · Conclusion

The DALnet Documentation Team provides many interesting and helpful topics which you may find useful, see http://docs.dal.net for more information.