This is a step by step
guide about how to install and configure the DC++ software to connect to the Queen HUB.
Downloading and installing the software
The official website of DC++ is dcpluscplus.sourceforge.net. Download the
software in this site by selecting the nearest mirror server:
Click on the icon to
(a new window will spawn)
For installing the
software on your PC, just double click on the file you have just downloaded
(the filename should be something similar to 'DCPlusPlus-XXX.exe').
The installation itself is very simple, just select the destination folder you
want DC++ to
be installed on (or use the default).
Configuring your account
Once DC++ is correctly installed on your
computer, the first thing we need to do is to configure our account and
connection data. To enter the configuration panel, just go to File menu and on
Settings option .
In the first tab (Personal information) there are 4 fields to fill:
- Nick: You have to fill in here the username that has
been given to you by email.
- Email: Your email address (optional).
- Description: Try to put here a description of
what files you are sharing. If you connect in passive mode, please specify it
here adding "[passive]" at the beginning of the sentence.
- Line speed
you have (optional).
Fig. 1: Personal information tab in Settings panel
your internet connection mode
Mode: Direct Connect
software establishes the communication between users' computers through virtual
doors called "ports". Some networks have firewalls which restricts
the ports that can be used, specially those that are used by peer-to-peer
programs. If you are in one of those networks you must set Direct Connect in
passive mode; it will work normally with the only limitation that you won't be
able to browse or download files from other passive users. Advanced users can
change the firewall/router configuration to open a port for Direct Connect to
use in which case the IP and port number must be specified in the connection
2: Passive mode settings
3: active mode settings
Configuring your download folder
It's time to configure
your downloads folder. If you haven't done already, create a specific folder
where you put all the files and folders you want to share with the
Queenhub-members into your hard disk. Create also two different folders where
all the incomplete and completely downloaded files will be stored (for example
call them “hubdownload” and “incomplete hubdownload”)
- Default download directory: Press the "Browse" button
and select the “hubdownload” folder previously created.
Press the "Browse" button and select the “incomplete
hubdownload” folder previously created.
Fig. 4: Downloads tab in Settings panel
Configuring your shares
In the following step (Sharing
tab) you must specify your shared folders:
- Add folder: This button is used to browse the folders that
you want to add to your shares' list.
- Remove: Will remove the select folder from
your shares' list.
slots: This is the
number of upload slots you have open, that is, the number of users that can
upload files from your computer at the same time.
Make sure you are sharing more than the minimum required to log in to the HUB
and verify that you have at least the minimum number of slots needed (read the
Fig. 5: Sharing tab in Settings panel
Hashing of files: When you
have added a folder with some files in it, the DC++ program is going to “hash”
the files. This means that the program will give the file a unique ID-code. It
takes some time to hash all the files, especially when there are much files in
the folder or you have an older PC. Give the program some time to hash all the
hashing the new files
Configuring the appearance
This is the least importart
part of the configuration since it only allows you to change the appearance of
Setting the window and text colors, using timestamps in chat windows and
similar options. Just personalize the program to fit to your own style!
Fig. 7: Appearance tab in Settings panel
Configuring the Advanced/Logs
You can log all the
activity of your Direct Connect: The public and private chats and also the
downloads and uploads that have been processed will be written into text files
if you specify so in the text boxes that appear in this window.
Fig. 8: Logs tab in Settings panel
The other options in the
Advanced tab allows you to modify some additional settings of your DC++ which are not essential
for the correct functioning of the software. You can come back to this option
once you are more experienced with DC++
and change them according to your needs and tastes.
Logging in to the HUB
Once all these steps have
been completed, now we proceed to connect to the HUB.
Firstly, go to the File menu and select Favorite Hubs option(). Press on
the "New" button and then fill in all the connection settings:
Fig. 9: Adding to Favorite HUBs
Once we have added the HUB
to our favorites list, you can click on "Auto Connect" if we want
that the next time DC++
is opened the Queen HUB is opened automatically. To connect manually, just
click on "Connect button".
Fig. 10: Favorite HUBs
Logged in to the HUB
Once connected to the
Queen HUB a window similar to Fig. 8 will appear on the screen.
On the left you can see the main chat window where you can talk with other
On the right you can find the list of users that are connected at the moment.
By right clicking on their names you can perform some actions such as sending a
private message or browsing their shared files.
At the bottom, there's the transfers' console where you can monitor all the
files that are being transferred at the moment.
Fig. 11: Logged in to the HUB