We have a variety of options for coming to join us to chat, but all of them involve an IRC Client of some sort. We recommend using one of the downloadable clients vs. a webclient.
TLS (SSL) Only
Cuff-Link does not allow plain-text connections. Your client must be capable of using TLS (SSL) to connect to Cuff-Link. If you wish to read more about this decision, you can do so here.
Cuff-Link Server List
Server: irc.cuff-link.me Port: 6697
If you prefer a named server/have been directed to use one instead, use one of the following. [Note: We sometimes pull these from the RR when a server is having an issue/undergoing maintenance, so at rare times, you may not be able to connect using one of these]:
pixie.cuff-link.me lemon.cuff-link.me squid.cuff-link.me
Authentication Bypass Connection
To use this, you must have a NickServ account registered with a valid, permanent email address [ie: no anonymisers. If you use an anonymiser, we will delete your NickServ registration. Anonymisers are services such as mailinator.com], and you must use SASL to connect.
Server: auth.cuff-link.me Port(s): 7797
Note: May 2020 change to auth servers means only port 7797 will work.
Desktop Clients: While there are umpteen desktop clients out there, we recommend HexChat [Windows, Linux, Mac] or AdiIRC [Windows], and both are open source, free clients. We do not support mIRC or any clients older than 2 years and do not support both SSL and SASL.
Mobile Clients: For mobile clients, we recommend IRCCloud for all devices. If you want a regular client: AndroIRC for Android devices. At this time, there are no iOS clients in active development .
Web Clients: If you need a web client, IRCCloud is preferred. If you want a client that doesn’t require an account, use KiwiIRC.
Registered Users: https://kiwiirc.com/nextclient/auth.cuff-link.me/#cuff-link
Unregistered Users: https://kiwiirc.com/nextclient/irc.cuff-link.me/#cuff-link
**Note: All non-authentication bypass servers in our network support both IPv4 and IPv6.
**TLS Certificate Note: If you have a box ticked in your client that says something like “Accept Invalid Certificates” for your Cuff-Link network settings, untick it. Our certs are verified by Let’s Encrypt.
**Port Note: Some clients require that you use the old way of entering ports as +6697 or +7797. [mIRC is the only client commonly used on Cuff-Link that requires this anymore.]
Once connected, /join #help
Can’t get connected? File a ticket at https://support.cuff-link.me
- Anope2 Services for nick and channel management.
- SASL authentication for NickServ.
- SSLFP authentication for NickServ.
- TLS/SSL connections.
- vhosts [via HostServ].