The first IRC client, and the preferred client with most IRC veterans is mIRC. Be forewarned, mIRC is not a free program. At time of posting it costs $20, but does come with a 30 day tiral. I don't recommend buying it if you are a first time user or just want to try out IRC, there are free alternatives below.
Step 1: Download the latest build, and install it.
I'd recommend a full installation, also checking for updates is recommended.
Step 2: Open mIRC, it will prompt you to register the software, please take the time to do so. If you are going to use the trial please hit "Continue" and proceed to step 3.
Step 3: At this point mIRC will ask you to pick a nickname, it is not permanent even after you register the nickname (registering is covered in a different tutorial). I'd recommend using your forum username as to avoid confusion to who is who. The only limitations to a nickname is you can't use spaces and can't use unusual ASCII characters. Chances are if you don't know what ASCII is then you should be fine with what you choose. And obviously do NOT use An-IP-BreAKDoWN or something similar, use something else or you will be banned for mimicking nicks.
Step 4: By default mIRC will pick a random network to connect to, however #Kametsu is only on irc.xertion.org so we must change our default server to a Xertion server. Select "Servers" under "Connect" on the left, and click on "Add"
Step 5: Another window will pop up, this needs to be filled out since Xertion is a relatively small network and is not recognized by mIRC by default. The first thing you want to do is put "Xertion" under the Description, as this will help you keep this organized. Next under IRC Server: you need to put: "irc.xertion.org". You should use the default port, so under ports put: "6667". Lastly type in "Xertion" under Group as this will again keep this all organized. When you are done click on "Add".
Step 6: If you wish to make grabbing files easier I'd recommend using "auto-get". There is a risk that someone will send you something you may not want, but it is up to you to decide, if you don't want to use it you can ignore this step. Kametsu nor I will not accept responsibility for anything that is sent to you.
On the left there is "DCC". Click on that, and it'll open the option to change the send request. If you check the circle that says "Auto-get file" a warning window will open saying that there is a threat that something malicious may at anytime be downloaded. If you understand the risk and still wish to continue please hit "Yes", if you do not want to enable this feature or do not understand please continue to the next step.
Step 7: An automatic feature of mIRC that is enabled by default (for your protection) is to only allow the download of a certain file types. For downloading purposes we need to change these options (don't worry we'll keep you protected still )
So on the left hand corner expand "DCC" and select "Ignore". You wanna change it from "Accept only" to "Ignore only". And that is it, this will still offer some protection and can download a large range of different material.
Step 8: Now you'll need to make sure you will connect to a Xertion server so click on "Servers" under "Connect" and expand the Xertion group (signified as a folder), and click on "Xertion" as shown in the picture below. Then click on "Select".
Step 9: Next you want to connect to the server. So on the left hit "Connect" option and hit the "Connect" button. You will then be connected to a Xertion server.
Step 10: After mIRC has connected you to the server you will be asked to join a channel. First thing you will need to do is click on "Add" on the right.
Step 11: One thing you need to know about channels is that you need to have a # in front of it no matter the name or how you are tying to join it. So to join Kametsu's channel you will always need to type: #Kametsu. So under Channel you will need to type "#Kametsu". Next click on "Join on connect". This will allow you to connect to #Kametsu automatically without having to type #Kametsu every time you connect to a Xertion server. Next click on "Add".
Step 12: Since we added Xertion as a known network in step 5 we have the ability to allow channels to be automatically connected. So you will have to scroll down close to the bottom and find "Xertion" and click on it. Once you clicked on "Xertion" hit "OK".
Step 13: Verify that what you just did in step 11 and 12 were done correctly and make sure the add channel window looks just like what is displayed below. Once you verify that it looks correct you will need to hit "OK".
Step 14: Make sure #Kametsu is selected and uncheck "Pop up favorites on connect", this will make it so every time you connect to a network it will not pop open the list of favorite channels (personally I hate that window, and would rather use the /join #nameofchannel command while connected to a server). Next hit "Join" and you will then be connected to Kametsu's channel.
Congratulations you now can chat on Kametsu's official IRC channel!
However I'd take a minute to familiarize yourself with the different functions of mIRC.
So now that you have completed setting up mIRC, anytime you start mIRC all you need to do is make sure that the Xertion network is selected for you to connect to and hit connect.
If you are not connected to the Xertion network then go to "Connect" then to "Servers" and select the Xertion network as shown in step 8.
MISC: If you want to utilize mIRC better there is an option that lets you identify your nick automatically and once you learn more IRC client commands you can let mIRC do them for you. You should use this feature after you have completely registered your nick.
Step 16: First, open up Options by either opening Tools -> Options, or by hitting Alt+o (o as in oh)
Step 17: Expand "Connect", click on "Options" then click on "Perform..."
Step 18: Here you want to check mark "Enable perform on connect" (this is what makes life easy). Then type this: /msg NickServ IDENTIFY password. Obviously password will be the password you used to register your nickname on the Xertion network. Once you are done click on "OK".
Step 19: Now hit "OK" to save the changes you made.
Step 20: Next would be to close out of mIRC and test out what you changed by connecting to #Kametsu and see if it will auto identify your nick for you.
Remember mIRC has many many features that are hidden inside of the program and the more you research, the more you'll see that mIRC is one of the most superior (if not the most superior) IRC clients that one could use.
Edited by An IP BreAKDoWN, 05 March 2013 - 08:24 PM.