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Before most people started to communicate in web forums and social media IRC was the prefered way to chat in realtime, and many people still use it. In early FRITZ!Box days we met in an over administered german channel on IRCnet until we found our peace on, where you can find us day by day.

IRC-Networks and Channels[edit]

IRC is one of the oldest methods of text based realtime chat. Clients exist for nearly every platform. IRC is not owned by a company and thus can never be switched off just because a company dies or shuts down a service.

There are many IRC networks on this planet, each one typically consisting of multiple servers located around the world, which are connected to each other. You can connect to any of these servers and you can chat with everybody on the same network. In Germany the most famous network is IRCnet, for open source developers it is freenode.[edit]

Freenode is a 20 years old network for open source developers and related projects. The freenode servers are spread across 3 continents. Freenode has many advantages over other networks. It is accessible via SSL, IPv6, tor or a webchat form . You can register your nickname and it will be protected. You can register a channel and you own it. Freenode runs channels for many famous projects, from apache to wikipedia.


In 2012-02-22 we created this channel on freenode and settled over from IRCnet. Note the double ## in the channel name, which means it is an "about" channel. This is freenode policy. FRITZ!Box is a registered trademark and only the owner AVM would be allowed to run a #fritzbox channel there.

This channel is intended for international linkup of the pretty germany biased information in the net. The primary languages of the channel are english and german. However, since most regulars come from Germany we speak a lot of german language in there.

Please be patient if you join. Ask your question or just stay and idle until someone has time. You will always get a response, if possible directly. It may as well take a while since people may be away from keyboard doing real life stuff.

Important: Since summer 2018 freenode is victim of a massive spam attack, flooding all channels with dirt. Since then in most channels only users with registered nicknames have voice and can speak. This is an uncomfortable barrier, but it's the only way to keep the network usable. If you are new and just have a short question you can ask hippie2000 in ##fritzbox on IRCnet for temporary voice in the freenode channel, see below.

FritzBot (german language) was the first IRCbot in our channel, developed by the channel regular Suchiman to assist with daily tasks. The commands all start with a !, try !help or read the english FritzBot documentation, or browse the source code on github.

BoxMatrix research bot (english language) is our second bot and it was developed to permit realtime lookup of machine readable information in this Wiki and its databases. The commands all start with a #, try #help or read the BoxMatrix-Bot documentation. If BoxMatrix is not present in the channel for some reason you can access the same commands using a $ instead of the # through FritzBot. BoxMatrix also serves ##fritznews, see below:


Since 2018-09-26 we have a news channel moderated by BoxMatrix. Moderated means that noone gets voice in this channel besides the bot and its maintainer, the channel is read only. You don't need a registered nickname to join or read the news, since you don't get voice anyway. Use ##fritzbox for discussion. The backlog of ##fritznews is listed in the RSS-Feeds section.

This channel receives the changes of most subsections of our News section, covering:

  • Wiki-Blog - recent changes to the BoxMatrix project - 3-hourly
  • Fritz-News - recent news and press releases - daily
  • News-Feeds - recent news from 53 monitored feeds - 3-hourly
  • Labor-Feeds - recent news from the labor feeds - 3-hourly
  • Labor-Pages - changed or new labor websites - 6-hourly
  • Labor-Files - new labor downloads - 6-hourly
  • Update-News - recent news from the update news page - 3-hourly
  • Download-News - recent uploads to AVM servers - daily / 6-hourly
  • Website-News - recent added or modified webpages - daily
  • Video-News - new videos from 12 monitored video feeds - 3-hourly
  • Icecat-News - changed or added datasheets in the Icecat product catalog - daily
  • Freetz-News - recent changes to the Freetz project - 3-hourly
  • OSS-News - recent activity of 633 open source projects - 3-hourly
  • 4free-News - free private giveaways of AVM hardware - 3-hourly
  • New AVM related articles on the WikiDevi and OpenWRT sites - daily


We do not actively use IRCnet any more, however, there's a fallback channel left:


This channel is always dead and empty. In 2012 it was intended to help people with the move to freenode, today it is a fallback method to ask for temporary voice in freenode ##fritzbox.

Join this channel and /msg hippie2000 (sometimes called hippie20001) to ask for temporary voice. Make sure you joined our freenode channel before you ask, otherwise it won't work. Use PM to highlight hippie2000. Messages to this channel will likely get lost.

This is a one time emergency service and no daily service for people who are too lazy to register.