Help & Support

Bulletin Board System

Seriously what is a Bulletin Board System?

A bulletin board system, or BBS, is a computer system running software that allows users to connect and log into the system using a terminal program. Once logged in, a user can perform functions such as uploading and downloading software and data, reading news and bulletins, and exchanging messages with other users, either through email, public message boards, and sometimes via direct chatting. Many BBSes also offer on-line games, in which users can compete with each other, and BBSes with multiple phone lines often provide chat rooms, allowing users to interact with each other. - This snippet was taken from the Wikipedia entry about bulletin board systems. Its really worth a read for a good history lesson.

What hardware is running the Bulletin Board System?

Currently NET247 BBS is being run on a IBM ThinkCentre desktop. Our system has been upgraded to 2GB of ram and has 120GB of storage.

What is the software that actually runs the Bulletin Board System?

Our bulletin board system is run using the latest copy of Synchronet under Windows Server 2003 R2.

What internet connectivity does the Bulletin Board System have?

The connection to the BBS is via Telstra Cable 3.0 connection which ensures that you get a nice lag free experience to our server on the Gold Coast.

How many users can connect at one time?

We are glad you asked, see back in the day you would be lucky to be able to connect to a system that had maybe 2 phone lines or sometimes 4... well thanks to telnet and ssh connectivity we have setup access for 10 nodes. This means we can support 10 concurrent people at any time directly connected to the server.

What online apps and games do you have?

For a complete list of the applications and games available online visit our apps page.

How do I connect to NET247 BBS?

This is super easy these days, all you need is modern HTMl5 Browser or just download any Telnet/SSH compatible terminal program. Our access page has all the details on how you can get connected right now.

Does NET247 BBS have Dialup Access?

We do have a 56.6K Flex serial modem, however it currently is not available. We have been trying to get permission to put an additional copper line at the office however due to the NBN roll out this is proving to be a challange. So stay tuned... we as much as you want to provide this service for the ultimate classic experience.

Navigating The BBS

Once you have connected using the BBS requires only your keyboard. Yes you read that right, KEYBOARD. There is no mouse interaction what so ever... To get around the system is simple, each menu has a highlighted character that corresponds to a character on your keyboard.

For example in the main menu to access the online programs (BBS DOOR GAMES) you will see [O]nline Programs  displayed, this red O is a highlighted queue that by pressing "O" on your keyboard a new menu will appear. In this case it will show you the Online Programs. The entire system is based on this color coded combination to make navigation simple. So just look for the highlighted characters to navigate around the system.

Is there a chatroom?

Yes, we offer a multi-node chatroom which lets all users who are directly connected to the system chat with one another in real-time.

Is there a private chat?

Yes, you can have a split screen real-time chat with other users who are online from the chat menu.

Is there a internet chatroom?

Yes, you can either connect to the Internet Chatroom via our website or from the Apps & Games menu in the system. This will then establish a connection with our community Internet Relay Chat Server. Once connected head over to the #NET247 chatroom.

Downloading from the BBS

If you are using a program that supports downloads (Z-Modem or Y-Modem protocol) then you can browse our file library and download any files you find of interest. The process for downloading varies between connection methods. Downloading a file using the Flash/Websockets connection method requires you to select a file for download and then right click on the applet and select the download option. This will then tell the server to send the file and you will be able to save it to your desktop. 

Uploading files to the BBS

This can also be done in the same mannor as downloading however you select the UPLOAD option in the File Archives and then right click the applet to upload a file.