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AfterNET is a network of Internet Relay Chat (IRC) servers that was founded in September of 1996 and is dedicated to providing a free, quality chat environment, which gives people all over the world a means to communicate with each other. As a completely volunteer run organization, we strive to be a place where the freedom of speech of all our users is respected. We are in it for the community, not for a profit.
To chat on AfterNET, you can either download and install an IRC program or choose a web-based one. Because IRC is an open standard, many different IRC programs are available. Once you have installed one, configure it to connect to irc.afternet.org. Here are some we like:
If you'd rather chat from within your web browser, try one of the following:
If you want to learn more about the various connection options, read this, or just /join #Help on IRC.
We pride ourselves on maintaining high-speed IRC servers around the globe, with a strong emphasis on network and service stability. The network has an average of 800 people connected to it at once, and we are fortunate to have a very loyal group of users. Our main channel is #AfterNET and our help channel is #Help.
We provide username and channel registrations via our AuthServ and X3 service bots. Many organizations that host websites dedicated to music, sports, software development, gaming, or other special interests choose AfterNET as their chat network because of our “free” nature and our supportive and friendly staff. We hope you enjoy your time on our network, and please let us know if there is anything we can do for you!
Thanks to your generosity with our SSL funding drive, we are already funded for the next several years, so donations have been disabled. Thanks so much!