First of all, you're not an idiot! You can't be expected to know things randomly, none of us were born with the skill to understand how IRC works, mainly because IRC wasn't even invented when we were born!
Let's try to edjumacate you though!
The "unknown" part is your IdentD. You can find out about IdentD on DALnet's Ident FAQ
. You can get info on enabling IdentD in this thread
Is your IdentD set as "unknown"? To find out, when in mIRC, type /IdentD on
- it should have something like this:IdentD is on (word-here)
The "word-here" is what your IdentD is set to. If it does not
say "unknown" then that MIGHT be the problem, but I don't think it's likely. It could be that the server is not getting a reply from you for it's Ident request and therefore, is not allowing you on. I refer you back to the "enable identd" thread I linked to earlier.
The "184.108.40.206" is called your IP and it means Internet Protocol. It's basically just a number which personally identifies your computer/connection. This does not effect you.
The "unauthorized connection" bit is the error message which the server is disconnecting you with. I am not familiar with this and, like you, couldn't turn anything up in the Forums, so I don't know exactly why you're getting it. It could be the IdentD issue.
Try other networks and see if they allow you to connect. For example:/server irc.quakenet.org/server serverpronto.dal.net/server irc.undernet.org
If all 3 of those don't allow you to connect, then it is definitely *your* end that is the problem and not just some network security setting. This is unlikely to occur though.
The "unable to connect to server connection timed out" error is explained in this post
Although not an exact phrase match, the explanation on this page
may be relevant to you:
"YOU ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO USE THIS SERVER
Unable to connect - Connection refused.
This means you do not have access to this server. The server has no instructions to let you in (I-line) or it refuses all access for maintnance purposes. Try another server on the same IRC network, preferably a more nearby server, one in your own country or one provided by your own Internet Provider. If you think you should have access to this server contact the administrator of the server and request for an I-Line for the host/IP number that you are trying to connect from."
I think the best advice would be to contact the network's administration. Check out their website. If you don't know their website, then search Google
with the search term set as the network's name, it should turn something up. Look for an email to contact.
Hope this has helped and not confused you
- and good luck!