Direct Connect Basics
What is DC?
DC is an acronym for Direct Connect, a software developed by Neo-Modus. Direct Connect is a kind of a chat program that is classified under the category of P2P software (Peer to Peer). Practically this means that you can also transfer files with it, directly from one user to another. DC++ is similar and fully compatible software that was developed later as an option to DC.
What are the differences between DC++ and Direct Connect?
Direct Connect is the original client software for DC protocol developed by Neo-Modus. Jacek Sieka had developed his own equivalent program DC++, which is open source.

DC++'s advantages
* Localized to many languages.
* DC++ is much more stable, it uses less memory, it is lighter and smaller in every way and it can handle long Download Queues more efficiently.
* If the first user leaves, DC++ can continue downloading the same file from another user. Nowadays DC++ (as with pretty much every client) uses TTH (Tiger Tree Hash) to verify, that the alternate source you find, has the exactly same file that you're downloading. All new files are hashed before DC++ shares them.
* You can see timestamps in the chat. The chat wont jump to the bottom by itself when you are scrolling back the old messages.
* No ads. Search is more versatile. You may also choose from various Hublists from multiple sources.
* On startup DC++ renders your own file list much faster than DC does its own.
* Customizable favourites and automatical connecting to selected Hubs on startup, automatic reconnection if a connection is lost.
* You may disable Hub redirecting.
* Accepted in virtually every hub nowadays, well-trusted and known to work well.
* Program is under active development and open source.http://dcplusplus.sourceforge.net/
DC++'s weaknesses:
* Doesn't have as many advanced features as for example StrongDC (available on our downloads-page).
Where can I get the programs?
You can download the latest version of DC++ at http://dcplusplus.sourceforge.net/.
How do I install the programs?
The easiest way is to download the simple installation programs, run the one you like and follow the instructions. If you download the latest binaries from SourceForge and want to update formerly installed DC++, it's easiest to unzip the package and copy DCPlusPlus.exe to folder where you have DC++ installed (usually C:\Program files\DCPlusPlus). Personal settings will remain as they were. You can remove DC++ with "Add/Remove Programs" panel in the Windows Control panel.
If you want to use a specific language file in DC++, choose settings, pick Appearance and browse the options for your prefered language file. Provided you have installed a language pack.
What is a Hub?
"Hub" is a kind of a router, it helps clients to connect each other. The reason why it is not called "server" in this case is because it doesn't host any files, it only routes chat and search requests. All file transfers are made directly between clients, not trough the Hub. To find hubs for your new DC-client, please visit http://hublist.org/
What is an Operator?
An operator (just "op" in normal chat language) is a person who supervises the chat and the files that are being shared by users. Operators may temporarily or permanently remove abusive users by their own consideration. You can recognize an operator of the key icon they have in the userlist. (Some users with keys are usually bots. Follow the chat window and you will surely notice the difference).
What is a Bot?
A Bot is an automated program that follows all traffic on the Hub and routinely scans for any abusive behaviour, such as spam, forbidden files and Fake Sharing. Basically it does all the duties of a human Operator, but onlyt as well as it's been programmed of course. The best results are usually gained by simultaneous use of a Bot or more and some active human Operators.
How can I become an Operator? You shouldn't ask or beg operator rights, it is generally considered rude and annoying regardless of the medium. Just prove by activity and mature behaviour that you are worth of the confidence and wait for an invitation. DC hubs usuallydon't need new Operators often, and decisions of new Operators are made by the hub-owner.
Can I get Redirections?
No, you can't. Do not ask for redirects no matter how withering your Hub is. There are enough Hubs in this network for all users to find a place for their needs. For those of you who do not know, Redirection means the process where a Hub transfers a new user to another Hub, usually because the first Hub is full or the user hasn't met the Share or connection requirements set on Hub.
How can I set up my own Hub?
First of all, creating a new hub and making it a success ain't all that easy. But if you're willing to take the time and effort, you basically just need a hub-soft and a fast(ish) internet connection. The bigger the hub, the more bandwidth you're gonna need. Because of the limits on space, I'm gonna make this short: happy googling. ;)