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To use mIRC you have to connect to an IRC Network. The IRC networks consist of groups of servers in close contact with eachother. Hundreds of such worldwide networks exist. The servers in a network maintain the contact between you and all other users. If you want to enjoy your IRC sessions it is important to find servers that work (fast) for you (ie. that are nearby to you) on networks with the athmosphere you like.
mIRC comes with a rather complete list of servers but you can always download an updated version of the servers.ini file.
Simply save the servers.ini file to the mIRC directory on your harddisk (c:\program files\mirc\ or similar) and enjoy this refresh!! The new IRC networks and servers will immediately be available to you from within mIRC.
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IRC Networks.

To give you an idea of the vast amount of IRC networks available we gathered together some short introductions to the most important IRC networks available. Of all of these large networks the most important servers are included in mIRC's distribution files. We'd like to point to the irc://Links provided in these lists; click on a "irc://Link" and mIRC will be launched by your browser and connect to the selected network!

irc://DALnet - DALnet was created by The EFnet's #startrek users as a quiet place where they could run their channel without having to deal with takeovers and netsplits. But the people who run DALnet stress that its not just for trekkers anymore. With about 120K users DALnet is one of the largest and most active IRC networks available. It is well organized and one of the four most famous IRC networks.

irc://EFnet - Eris Free net is the largest IRC network with about 75K online users on an average day. Because of its massive size EFnet is having a lot of problems with lag, netsplits, op hacking and various other things. But it is still the most popular IRC network.

irc://Undernet - Undernet is a good alternative to EFnet. It provides a friendly and stable IRC network. The Undernet is growing in size very rapidly due to the continous improvements to the servers and the information and help provided to its users.

irc://IRCnet - IRCnet is an IRC network that split of the large EFnet some years ago. At first it mainly consisted of European servers but overseas servers have joined to make a world-wide network with about 90K users.

irc://QuakeNet - QuakeNet is the place tobe for everybody who likes a little fragging, or more ;-) With 80K users you'll surely find people available for a game of Quake, or other games.

irc://Newnet - NewNet once a small network of servers forced of EFnet, now a respectable and well maintained IRC network with 50+ servers linked. Its amount of users is still small but that might be just what you're looking for?

irc://Brasirc e irc://Brasnet são as maiores redes de IRC do Brasil. Elas são dedicadas aos usuários de IRC users de todo o Brasil e a todas as pessoas que falem português.

irc://Chatnet - ChatNet is another US based IRC network.

irc://Galaxynet - Galaxynet firmly established itself as one of the more popular networks. Apart from IRCnet, it serves more countries with local servers than any other.

irc://IRC-Hispano - IRC-Hispano es la mayor red de IRC de habla hispana del mundo, con más de 750.000 usuarios diarios y llegando a picos que superan facilmente los 44.500 usuarios simultáneos. iRC-Hispano ofrece un amplio surtido de servicios para usuarios y empresas con o sin experiencia. Os invitamos a explorar esta web y ver todo lo que iRC-Hispano tiene que ofreceros.

irc://StarLink - Starlink is dedicated to provide an IRC experience that is friendly, comfortable, and pleasant for all who visit.

irc://Austnet - Austnet is a very well organised net of Australian origine.

irc://Webnet - WebNet, formerly entirely run on Windows servers, developed into a very decent alternative to the major networks. The network still is a Showcase for the Conferenceroom server software.

More Networks.

The list above is far from complete. There are lots and lots of IRC Networks and most of them have servers on all continents. Most networks have Web pages providing more information and up-to-date server lists. Have fun browsing around!

Netsplit provides a top 300+ of IRC networks.
See IRC Server statistics at http://rldf.eu.org/irc/mrtg/.

KidLink for kids http://www.kidlink.org/rti/irc/,
KidsWorld for kids http://www.kidsworld.org/,
ScoutLink for scouts http://www.scoutlink.org/,
QuakeNET for quakers http://www.quakenet.eu.org/,
Enter the Game for gamers http://www.enterthegame.com/,
Gamesnet for gamers http://www.gamesnet.net/.

More Networks http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/networks/.