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To the home of the Communication Connection BBS - Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Communication Connections BBS is a Bulletin Board System that first ran in Ferndale, Michigan between 1991-1995.
Out of nostalgia and curiousity it was resurrected in late 2020 and has become a source of enjoyment for its SysOp (system operator) Jeff Squires (aka sparky).
In the ninties the BBS ran using TAG BBS software and was on the FIDONet message/file network. These days it uses Mystic BBS software.
This website was established in January 2021 using the domain name commconnbbs.net
To connect to Communication Connections BBS you can either use our web based login or install and run a Telnet client of your own. If you use a Telnet client (recommended) configure it to connect to commconnbbs.net using port 23.
A telnet client that's written by the author of Mystic BBS.
"It was intended to be a console telnet client which stayed true to ANSI-BBS emulation and the old school feel of DOS terminals. Some features include batch upload/download Zmodem and Zmodem 8K, multiple phone book, mTelnet and SyncTerm phone book importers, original MSDOS and Amiga fonts with font switching, full screen mode, basic scripting language, mouse support, and more." - James Coyle (author)The current release is based on the SDL2 graphics engine and provides a good ANSI-BBS experience.
This is another popular telnet client that many users enjoy. If you want to try it just download and uncompress the .zip file then run the call-Communication Connections-bbs.bat batch file to get connected
Communication Connections BBS is a public and open system that's free to join and use - we don't charge any fees.
You're most welcome to 'test drive' the BBS and login as a guest user! Login using the username and password of 'guest'. To register enter your preferred username at the username prompt. If it is availabale you will be asked to create an account.
Want to know more? Email - sparky at jeffatoatl at gmail dot com with your questions.
A Bulletin Board System (BBS) is a computer or an application dedicated to the sharing or exchanging of messages or other files on a network. Originally users would connect to a BBS via dialup modem over a telephone line, these days the preferred means of connectivity it to use a the Telnet protocl over a TCP/IP Internet connection. Today you can still find BBS to connect to. While there are less around now than in the mid 1990's there has been a global resurgance in the interest, use and growth of BBS systems in recent years.
Bulletin Board Systems were very popular in United States (and worldwide) from between the late eighties to mid nineties. As household Internet access improved and people discovered the World Wide Web (WWW), BBS popularity declined. These days BBS popularity is once again on the rise. Former users (and those who have never experienced this slice of pre-Internet communication) are jumping back in and once again are enjoying this cool form of retro computing / communication.
Fidonet Zone 1 covers USA (Region 10, 11-19), Canada(Region 12).
" Very simple; it is a hobby, a non-commercial network of computer hobbiests ("hackers", in the older, original meaning) who want to play with, and find uses for, packet switch networking. It is not a commercial venture in any way; FidoNet is totally supported by it's users and sysops, and in many ways is similar to ham radio, in that other than a few "stiff" rules, each sysop runs their system in any way they please, for any reason they want. "
Source: Tom Jennings (founder of FidoNet) - FidoHist.Txt 14/7/1985
Fidonet is a worldwide amateur computer network used for the communication of messages and files between Bulletin Board Systems (BBS).
It's a network that was born the 1980's and for several decades used 'plain old telephone service' (POTS) telephone lines + dial-up modems to establish connections between BBS to exchange data. Today most BBS use the Internet to connect with each other. FTN protocols developed in the 1990's such as BinkP are widely used. The result is that messages now flow faster than ever before around the planet.
FidoNet (whilst no longer as large as it was in the eighties) is still active. You can obtain a feed from the Communication Connections HUB (3:770/1) by contacting the author of this website.
fsxNet is a fun, simple and experimental network established in late 2015.
It uses Fido Technology Networking to communicate between connected Bulletin Board Systems (BBS).
Visit fsxnet.nz - the dedicated website for fsxNet to find out more about the network / join up.
Setup the BBS and this website with a lot of help from Paul Hayton (Avon) and other wonderful Mystic sysops.