IRC Networks - Medium Networks

Medium IRC networks - above 1000 max client count


[Last update: 7 Jan 2002]

Index of server lists

NewNet
Originally formed by the irc.eskimo.com server after being forced off EFnet, this network soon became a prime example of how a small network grows to a respectable size and maintains stability for a number of years.
Servers: 25
Locations: Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, UK, USA
Default port: 6667
Max users: >5700
Services: Channel (ChanServ), Nick (NickServ)
Started: April 1996
Administrative channel: #idleland
Server list.

GalaxyNet
This network has firmly established itself as one of the more popular networks and serves more countries with local servers than any other, apart from IRCnet. It also has a large Asian userbase.
Servers: 30
Locations: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, USA
Default port: 6667
Max users: >15700
Services: Channel (Q), Nick (NS), Memo (MS)
Started: April 1996
Game channels: #riskybus, #acro, #chaos
Administrative channel: #Outerlimits
Server list.

ChatNet
Servers: ~15
Locations: Canada, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Turkey, UK, USA
Default port: 6667
Max users: >3600
Services: Channel (K9)
Started: March 1996
Administrative channel: #nuthouse
Server list.

AUSTnet
Servers mainly around the pacific. Unlike most large networks, this is one of the few that isn’t US-based, but predominantly australasian. North American all-nighters might find some signs of friendly life here.
Servers: ~18
Locations: Australia, Canada, Singapore, UK, USA
Default ports: 6667-6669
Max users: >9100
Services: Channel (ChanOP), Nick (NickOP), Note (NoteOP), Help (HelpOP)
Started: Early 1996
Administrative channel: #asd
Server list

RelicNet
Servers: 15
Locations: Australia, Belgium, Canada, UK, USA
Default port: 6667
Max users: >2200
Services: Channel (ChanS), Nick (NickS), Memo (MemoS), others.
Started: October 1997
Administrative channel: #relicnet
Server list

WebNet
A network formerly run entirely on Windows servers, which was a great novelty back then, this network has developed into a very decent alternative to the major ones. Showcase for the (commercial) Conference Room ircd.
Servers: ~15
Locations: Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand, USA
Default port: 7000
Max users: >23500
Services: Channel (ChanServ), Nick (NickServ), Memo (MemoServ)
Administrative channel: #spiderslair
Server list

Starlink and Starlink-IRC are now in small networks.

MSN
Microsoft’s own chat system, based on something called the Microsoft Exchange Chat Service. Formerly IRC- and web-based, as of May 2001, they require you to use their web link, which will prompt you to download their special client. Since you cannot connect to this network using a standard IRC client, we will no longer provide information on it, beyond simply pointing you to their own web site.

Talk City
This is another large IRC/web-based chat network that has become unreasonably restrictive. As of April 2000, TalkCity required the use of specially modified versions of IRC clients such as mIRC for Windows, Ircle for Mac, etc. This was ostensibly to prevent abuse from people who were using customized “war scripts” to attack other users. Not surprisingly, the modified clients also came with annoying streaming ads, so you decide for yourself what their true intention was. Since this network can no longer be reached using standard IRC clients, we will no longer provide information on it, beyond simply pointing you to their own web site.


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