O.P. RE: Msghelp IRC issues :(
As already stated, i can connect using mibbit, but the web chat wont work and neither does ChatZilla (add-on for FX). I have forwarded ports 6660-6669 but still to no avail.
I am doing this at home, and I am behind a NAT firewall from my router.
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