How to connect

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How to connect to the muck

Telnet to: muck.tlkmuck.org, port 7675

Muck Clients

UNIX

Windows

Macintosh

Notes

Users behind a router that uses Network Address Translation (NAT) may find that their connections seem dropped several minutes of idleness. This is not due to the standard "idle boot" setting of the muck (which will disconnect you with the message "Autodisconnecting for inactivity." after 45 minutes of no activity), but rather as a result of how NAT works.

Most clients have a 'send keep alive packet' setting that will help prevent the dead connections. To configure MUSHClient (v.4.44 and newer), follow these instructions:

  • Make sure scripting is enabled for the connection in question and is set to LUA.
  • Use CTRL+I to open the Immediate window.
  • Paste the following into the Immediate window:
check (SetOption ("send_keep_alives", 1))
  • Click "Run".
  • Click "Close".
  • Save the world file.

You can use the Immediate window to verify the setting has been updated. Follow the instructions above, but paste the following into the Immediate window, instead of the 'SetOption' command from above:

  • print ("keep alives =", GetOption ("send_keep_alives"))

This should return the following:

keep alives = 1

Now you should remain connected up to the 45 minute idle-boot timeout, which is a part of the MUCK's configuration.

See the original post on gammon.com.au for a more in-depth discussion of this option.

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