Using IRC may seem a little intimidating at first, but it really isn't that hard to get started. In this document, we'll help you get connected to the Undernet and join the #USA channel, where you can chat with us! So, without further ado, let's get started!
First things first, let's learn about IRC!
To start using IRC, you'll need a special program on your PC or a special app on your phone known as an IRC client. An IRC client connects to an IRC server. A server can usually accommodate a couple thousand users at once. Servers can also connect to each other to "share" their users with each other. IRC Networks are just groups of servers linked to each other to increase the number of channels and users available. The Undernet is an IRC Network with over 25 servers available.
Great, so where do I get one of these clients?
That depends on your device. There's a plethora of IRC Clients available, each with their own features and flaws. Some cost money, while others are free to use. In the interest of getting you connected at no cost, we'll only be focusing on the free IRC clients. However, you'll need to know what operating system you're using.
If you're using Windows then AdiIRC is for you.
Maybe you're a Mac user, don't worry - that's what X is for.
Is Linux your thing? There's a ton of clients available, like Y
"What if I'm using a phone?"
Android users can use AndroIRC, while users of iOS can use Z
"But what if I have a PC, a Mac, a Tablet, and a Phone, and want to use IRC and my great, great grandpappy's house?"
There are web clients that can handle this, they run directly in your browser, but there's one particular client that stands out -- IRCCloud. This client has apps available for Android and iOS. It can also be used from any PC's web browser. Just create an account and get started!
So I have an IRC client, how the heck do I use it?
This may be the hardest part since the setup process varies with each client, you'll have to open the server connection menu from your client. Once you've found that an opened it, you'll need to enter the following information:
Server: ix.undernet.org Port: 6667 SSL: no/unchecked
It might also ask you for things such as a Nick, Ident, and Real Name. You can set these to anything you want, just keep in mind that Nicks are limited to 12 characters on Undernet.
I've set it up, now what?
Now comes the easy part. Connect. On some clients, you might need to find a connection menu, and select the Undernet server, then click connect. On other clients, it might be a simple as clicking a connect button. This varies with each client, but the end result is the same. You'll be connected to the Undernet. Once you're connected, in your editbox (the box that you can type inside of), type this command: /join #usa
Who are these people?!
If you notice a bunch of "nicks", usually to the right-hand side of your screen, you'll probably be wondering who they are, and the answer is quite simple. They're the users of the #USA channel. If you see @psycho, @warlock, @X, and @yoshi in the userlist, you're in #USA.
That's great and everything, but now what do I do?
C'mon! This is the fun part! Just type, and hit enter. Introduce yourself to us, and we'll return the favor. We're always happy to meet new people in #USA, and you'll probably enjoy the company and conversation. Happy chatting!