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Overview of using DCgate with DC++ in Windows:

1. Extract the zip file to somewhere convenient, such as: C:\Program Files\DCgate\

2. Run "dcgate.exe" The program runs invisibly in the background, so nothing blatantly obvious should happen when you start it. It's visible in Task Manager as dcgate.exe

3. In DC++, add a favorite hub with the address "", and connect to it.

- If you want to be able to download files, then you first have to choose something to share.

- You'll probably want to go to "Settings > Advanced" and uncheck the box for "Enable safe and compressed transfers." At fast network speeds, compression tends to cause very high CPU usage.

- If you've got a firewall or router, then you need to figure out how to open or forward a couple ports. DC++ needs a TCP port for connections and a UDP port for search results. You can open any arbitrary port in the range 1024-65535, as long as you type the same port into the DC++ settings page.

- If you ever want to stop DCgate, use the provided "Kill DCgate" link, or find and end it yourself using Task Manager.

- To add your room number (or other info) to the end of your hall name, just start your description with ~ followed immediately by some text.

- Type !commands in the main chat window to see a list of DCgate commands.

UNIX-like systems

If you're on Linux, OS X, etc., you'll need to install a few things:

1. Python 2.3 or later - 2. the dnspython library - 3. Some sort of Direct Connect client

As of November 2005, the best DC clients I know of are: - Shakespeer for OS X - Valknut for Linux (etc.)

You'll only need the files in the source/ directory of DCgate, so go there and run "python". Then point your client to "", and hopefully it'll work.