mIRC and DSL (Qwest in particular)
- This doesn't apply to anyone using a dialup connection...
I have found the mIrc Monday evening chats to be frustrating because it
takes so long to connect with the server. Well, while poking around the
news groups I noticed a new one "qwest.dsl" and subscribed. Well, the first
thing I noticed is a bunch of messages related to things like ICQ and IRC
and how to jimmy the DLS modems to make the connections work much better.
Rather than going through the details, here are a couple web sites with tons
of information for anyone using DSL/ADSL
Now mIrc connects *instantly* with us.chatjunkies.org - and I found a couple
of extra tidbits to improve security of my home network as well.
In short, I had to enable wildcard NAT connections (which pretty much
destroys any security the modem gives me) and then redirect any external
attempts to connect to NETBIOS on my computer to a bogus internal IP - which