So you want to have a bouncer to stay connected on your favourite IRC network, hide your IP from hackers and the likes and all that without paying a single cent? Look no further, below we have gathered a few providers of such free BNCs and put them to a test – of course without them knowing
Note that we’ve only tested providers that require no sign-up for dubious services and provide bouncers which are free to use on any network and not only on the one where they have their support-channel – some however ask you to idle there and might cancel your BNC if they find you to not comply with this.
The providers tested (in no special order) are:
Signup: on IRC
Time to setup: 9h
LobbyZNC Doesn’t exist any longer
Signup: on Website
Time to setup: 15m
NinjaBounce No longer appears to be free
Signup: per eMail
Time to setup: 1h
During the test period all bouncers have been incredibly stable and didn’t drop the connection a single time – there was just one planned maintenance downtime from BNC4Free which has been announced beforehand via eMail – that’s more than you can expect from a service you didn’t have to pay anything for.
All of the tested bouncer providers use ZNC as their software backend which is flexible, easy to use and stable and some of them even allow you to use a web frontend to configure your BNC.
Even though they provide you the service for free, most providers are happy to accept a donation if you appreciate their service so don’t just be a leech
In conclusion i have to say that the results have been far better than expected and all services are worth what you paid for worth recommending if you ever need a bouncer but don’t have the resources to run one yourself.
So, what is your experience with free bouncers? Did they hold up to your expectations and demands?