ZNC is an IRC proxy. This means it runs on our server pretending to be an IRC client, holding on to your nick at all times on whatever IRC servers you normally connect to. When you connect to ZNC via your ordinary IRC client, it relays all IRC traffic for the channels you're in to you, and relays your messages back to the IRC server.
The benefits of ZNC are chiefly:
- When you connect to ZNC, it will relay everything that happened while you were away
- You don't reconnect to the channel every time your network hiccups, or your laptop comes out of sleep mode. That's a nice courtesy to extend to folks you IRC with.
Getting started with ZNC
- spiffytech runs the LUG's ZNC server. To get an account, simply ask him.
- Once you have your account, configure your IRC server to connect to ZNC:
- Connect to the IRC server short.csc.ncsu.edu port 1337
- Use the username and password provided by spiffytech.
- If your IRC client doesn't have a separate username field (this being distinct from the nick field), supply the password in the format username:password.
- Set your IRC client to use SSL. You may need to accept ZNC's self-signed certificate. If you're using Instantbird, you will have to install that certificate manually.
- Log on to https://short.csc.ncsu.edu:1337 to administer your ZNC account, configuring which IRC server you're connected to, and which ZNC plugins are active.
ZNC only supports connecting to one IRC server per account. If you want to use ZNC with multiple servers, simply ask spiffytech for a new account.
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