TechNet's BNC Service

TechNet offers all of its users who have had a registered nickname longer than 20 days free access to our BNC service. This page will give you information about the service and how to use it. Be sure to read all of it before requesting a BNC.

What is a BNC?

'BNC' is the abbreviated form of the word 'Bouncer'. It is a software programme which connects to the IRC network for you. In turn, you can connect and disconnect from the BNC as you please. All this time the BNC will stay connected to IRC and you can 'attach' and 'detach' yourself from it with no visible sign being given on IRC. The BNC will also log the last 200 lines in each channel and all of your PMs. It will 'replay' this back to you when you connect.

Why do you offer BNCs?

We appreciate that users cannot always stay connected yet would still like to log channels and recieve PMs while they are away. We also offer it for users who travel around and would like to 'attach' and 'detach' from a single IRC session at multiple locations. The BNC is offered for users who actually need it and not as an extra clone for every man and his dog.

What are the restrictions?

You must have had a registered nickname for more than 20 days
Each user is allowed ONE BNC! Violation of this will result in the user being removed from TechNet. Yes, really.When your BNC is set up, you will be joined (detached) to #BNC on GeekShed. Your BNC should always be in this channel for monitoring purposes
The BNC is locked down and the shell heavily firewalled. You can only use our BNCs to connect to TechNetEnsure you set up your nickserv password in the BNC when you first connect. If a BNC is found to be fighting with services because this has not been done, it will be disabled You can only connect to the BNC over SSL to protect your login details from malicious partiesBNCs not logged into for 30 days will be deletedBNCs used for ban evasion will be deleted

How do I use the BNC?

First you need to sign up for a BNC using the link at the bottom of the page. After about 5 minutes the BNC will connect to GeekShed and join #BNC. Point your IRC client to #BNC and wait for it. Once it's connected, you can log into it. Exactly how this is done is client dependant. In many clients you can add it as a new server with an address, port, enable SSL and server password. The server password is in the form of yourusername:yourpassword. These details will be given to you dependant on the BNC server you are assigned to when you set up your BNC account. The following is a example, The mIRC command to connect would be:

For Example:


How do I ban a user using a TechNet BNC?

Each user will have a unique host, e.g. You can simply ban the user as you normally would. If a user evades a ban using a BNC, let us know in #help.

How do I get a BNC?

First ensure that you have read and re-read all of the above. You wouldn't want to get your BNC banned due to not fully understanding their restrictions. Now click here to get a BNC and follow the instructions. Once registered, a BNC may take up to 5 mins to join the network as changes need to be propagated to your assigned BNC server. This is, however, fully automated. If this does not happen, tell us in #help.


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