Entry-level/Mid-range IRC server for Windows 9x/NT platformsNote: WircSrv is no longer sold or supported, but it can be found in a few places throughout the Web.
WircSrv (pronounced WorkServe) is one of the most popular IRC servers on the 'net. The server owes much of its following to the fact that is one of the easiest IRC server to install, configure, and administer. It also benefits from having versions available for both Windows 3.x and Windows 95/NT. WircSrv includes two applications in its package -- the wircsrv.exe IRC server and servbot.exe, a service bot for the server. The service bot implements services like nickserv, chanserv, and memoserv.
WircSrv features include support for up to fifty connections and 3000 logical users, server connection capabilities, an integrated SrvPage client that allows you to update a Web page with your server information so that users can easily access your IRC server (especially useful for users with dynamic IP addresses), system traybar icon support, a KILLBAN command to ban and kill a user in one stroke, an EXPBAN command to propagate a user ban list to all connected IRC servers, and a WALL command for broadcasting a message to all the IRC servers in a network. The 32-bit Windows 95/NT version also offers a couple additional features that you won't find in the 16-bit version, including modification of server messages and support for multiple ports. Another difference is that the 16-bit version will no longer be updated -- v4.17 is the final Windows 3.x release.
Potential applications for WircSrv include using the server as a forum for conducting online business meetings (with logging features for recording discussions); for real-time text-based teleconferencing needs; as an alternative to existing IRC networks that tend to be overburdened or unreachable; and as a private, fast IRC network for you and your close friends. All that your users need in order to connect to your server is a standard IRC client like Visual IRC, mIRC, OrbitIRC, or PIRCH. All in all, if you want to host your own IRC network and you work in a Windows environment, WircSrv is likely to be one of your best bets.
Pros: Easy to use, inexpensive, excellent technical support, supports all Windows platforms
Cons: Lacks ConferenceRoom's Web-based conferencing and PowWow's audio chat capabilities
Note: WircSrv is no longer sold or supported, but it can be found in a few places throughout the Web.
Version Reviewed: 5.07
Date of Review: 3/1/98
Reviewed by: Forrest Stroud