Connecting to Xertion
This is for CHAT ONLY!
No downloading capability.
Once you have downloaded the HexChat installer, run it. Select 'Normal Installation' from the drop-down when prompted. It is recommended that you do not select anything other than Normal Installation unless you know you need the additional features. Do NOT select the Portable option when prompted, unless you're installing to a flash drive.
Once installation is complete, run HexChat. You will be prompted with a dialog to enter your desired nickname. Be sure to only use ASCII characters for all of these fields, and do NOT use spaces.
Then, under 'Networks', scroll down to the bottom, select "Xertion" from the list, and press the "Favor" button - the text 'Xertion' should then become bold.
With Xertion still selected in the Networks list, press the Edit button. Put a check in the 'Connect to this network automatically' and 'Accept invalid SSL certificates' checkboxes. We also HIGHLY recommend you check the 'Use SSL for all the servers on this network' as well, to automatically use an encrypted SSL connection to the network.
If you wish to automatically join any channels on connect, click the 'Autojoin channels' tab, click the 'Add' button, then add whatever channel or channels you wish to autojoin - we recommend adding #lobby to that list for starters. When you are done here, click the Close button.
You should now be back at the Network List dialog that you first saw when you started HexChat. Ensure that Xertion is still selected and in bold (if it isn't, remember to click it and press the Favor button).
If you wish, you can also check the 'Skip network list on startup' box; you can always come back to this later to make any needed changes, like putting your NickServ password in once you're registered or adding/removing autojoin channels.
Once you have confirmed everything, press the Connect button. If all goes well (and it should!), you should be connected to Xertion within moments and in any autojoin channels you might have specified. That's it, you're done!
Download the installer for mIRC from their website. It’s free for 30 days, after that it will let you continue to use it, however the main page will stay on longer before the “Continue” button appears.
Install mIRC by doing a full installation, enabling checking for updates is recommended.
You will now see a new dialog come up, the mIRC Options dialog. Enter a nickname and an alternative nickname here. The "Alternative" nickname is the nickname mIRC will use if your desired main nickname is in use already. Remember, IRC nicknames can only have ASCII characters and cannot contain spaces.
Next, in the "Name" field, you can enter anything you like - it does NOT have to be your real name!, IRC could care less what your real name is. Same goes with the email address field, it does not have to be real either. These two fields are simply used to help establish your connection with the IRC server, nothing more.
Next, we need to add the Xertion network information to mIRC. To do this, start by selecting "Servers" underneath "Connect" on the left, and clicking "Add".
This will pop up the "Add Server" dialog. Fill out these fields as follows:
- Description: Random Server
- IRC Server: irc.xertion.org
- Ports: +6697
- Group: Xertion
Leave the "Password" field blank, this is not needed to connect to Xertion. Once you have filled out all the information above, press the Add button to save it.
Before we move on, there is a safety feature you may want to configure a bit. mIRC by default only allows downloading certain file times. For our purposes, we need to tweak this slightly.
From the left pane of the mIRC Options dialog, click on and expand the "DCC" section. Then, select "Ignore". Change the Method from "Accept only" to "Ignore only", leaving the file types in the box below untouched.
Now, we'll make sure mIRC connects to a Xertion server. Select "Servers" under "Connect" on the left side, and expand the Xertion folder. Click on "Random Server" as shown in the picture below, then click on "Select". Once you have done this, you'll automatically be taken back to the Connect page. Click the "Connect" button. mIRC will then connect to a random Xertion server.
After your connection is fully established to the network, mIRC will pop up a dialog to allow you to join some channels. Click on the "Add" button on the right.
Channels will ALWAYS start with a '#' on Xertion, so when you're adding channels here you should make sure you include this in front of the channel name. For starters, we'll add the #lobby channel. In the "Channel" field (in the Add Channel dialog), type in "#lobby". Next, check the box next to 'Join on connect' - this will instruct mIRC to automatically join this channel every time you connect to Xertion, so that you don't have to type it each time.
Finally, click the "Add" button. Select 'Xertion' from the list that appears, then click OK. Then click OK again.
You should now be back at the "mIRC Favorites" dialog. Make sure #lobby is selected in the list, then uncheck "Pop up favorites on connect" - this will cause this dialog to not be shown again on the next connect. Finally, press the "Join" button. You will then be joined to #lobby.
Congratulations, you have completed the setup of mIRC for the Xertion IRC network!
Download: Using whatever package manager your Linux/UNIX version uses. If no package is provided, see http://www.irssi.org/.
After this, you must add the Xertion network and a server to use for it (Note: Since most Linux distribution ship irssi with SSL enabled, the /server command will also enable an encrypted connection to your server for more privacy and safety).
/network add Xertion
/server add -ssl -network Xertion irc.xertion.org 6697
Now you can add some channels to join; in this example, you will be joining the channel #lobby (Just repeat the command with a different channel name to join more than one channel on connecting).
/channel add -auto #lobby Xertion
- To change the window to the newly-opened channel window, type ALT-2. You're talking in #lobby now!
- For further reading, please refer to http://www.irssi.org/beginner/.