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15<div class="welcome"><h2>Welcome to the Invisible Internet</h2></div>
16<ul class="links"><li class="tidylist"><b>Starting Up &hellip;</b><br>If you've just started I2P, the number of <i>Active Peers</i> indicated under the <i>Peers</i> section in the sidepanel on the left should start to grow over the next few minutes and you'll also see a <i>Local Destination</i> named <i>Shared Clients</i> listed there, and possibly other clients and servers depending on how I2P is configured
17   (if not, see the troubleshooting section <a href="#trouble">below</a>). These <i>Local Destinations</i> provide connections on different ports (and sometimes protocols) to the I2P network, enabling your bittorrent, e-mail, web proxy and other services to function.</li> 
19<li class="tidylist"><b>Network integration</b><br> The first time you start I2P it may take a few minutes to bootstrap (integrate) you into the network and find additional peers to optimize your integration, so please be patient. Once green stars are indicated next to your <i>Local Destinations</i>, there is a wide variety of things you can do with I2P, and below we introduce you to some of them.</li></ul>
21<h3>Services on I2P</h3>
22<ul class="links">
26<li class="tidylist"><b>Invisible Internet &amp; Public Web Browsing</b><br>On I2P you can access anonymous websites (aka eepsites) and other services (e.g. ssh over I2p, your own IRC server etc.) in addition to being able to host your own services, and you can also access the normal web anonymously via I2P. <a href="" target="_blank">Configure your browser</a> to use the HTTP  <a href="" target="_blank">proxy</a> I2P provides at <code> port 4444</code>, then browse to an eepsite or a normal <code>http://</code> address. There's <a href="http://echelon.i2p/i2pfox/">I2PFox</a>, a custom build
27of Firefox tailored especially for I2P, which you might like to investigate for locked-down darknet exploration! <a href="#eepsites">Below</a> we list some of the sites hosted on I2P.</li><li class="tidylist"><b>Anonymous E-Mail</b><br>Postman's I2P-based mail system can be accessed either via <a href="../../../../../../susimail/">I2P's built-in webmail</a>
28(aka susimail) or using any mail client that supports smtp and pop3.
29Accounts can send and receive mail from the normal internet. For an
30account, visit <a href="http://hq.postman.i2p/" target="_blank">hq.postman.i2p</a>. Additionally, <a href="http://i2pbote.i2p/" target="_blank">I2P-Bote</a>
31is a new serverless, end-to-end encrypted e-mail system providing a web
32interface and an integrated addressbook. It is developed by HungryHobo
33and can be installed as a <a href="readme.html#plugins">plugin</a>.</li>
35<li class="tidylist"><b>Anonymous File Transfer</b><br><a href="/i2psnark" target="_blank">I2PSnark</a> is integrated into I2P, providing anonymous, encrypted <a href="" target="_blank">BitTorrent</a> transfers. In addition, Sponge develops a bittorrent client called <a href="http://bob.i2p/Robert.html">Robert</a> written in Python. There is also a port of <a href="" target="_blank">eMule</a> to I2P called <a href="http://echelon.i2p/imule">iMule</a> [Needs developers!], an anonymous, secure implementation of a <a href="" target="_blank">Gnutella network</a>, accessible using <a href="http://echelon.i2p/i2phex/" target="_blank">I2Phex</a> [maintained by Complication, seeking new developers!], and additional facilities including browser-based file hosting etc.</li>
36      <li class="tidylist"><b>Anonymous Chat</b><br>Start your IRC client (e.g. Chatzilla, Pidgin, XChat)
37        and connect to the <a href="irc://">server</a> at <code> port 6668</code>. You do not need to configure a proxy in your IRC client; I2P provides you with a local IRC tunnel (configured in your IRC client as an IRC server or remote host). Your local I2P IRC tunnel on <code>localhost:6668</code> will direct you to one of two IRC servers hosted on I2P by Postman and Badger, but neither you nor they know where the other is, and your mom, ISP or government is unable to intercept your conversation! Once you're there, <code>#i2p-help, </code><code>#i2p</code><code></code>, <code>#i2p-chat</code> and <code>#i2p-dev</code> are just a few of the available channels you may wish to /join. There's also an I2P-based <a href="http://echelon.i2p/qti2pmessenger">instant messenger</a> for unmonitorable and uncensorable anonymous chat, as well as Jabber servers, website-based chat etc.</li>
38      <li class="tidylist"><b>Forums &amp; Blogging</b><br><a href="" target="_blank">Syndie</a> is a distributed forum and blogging platform for I2P [Needs developers!]. There's also an I2P plugin port of the Java-based <a href="" target="_blank">pebble</a> blogging platform ported to I2P by zzz, available on <a href="http://i2plugins.i2p" target="_blank">i2plugins.i2p</a>. And, of course, all normal blogging, forum and cms software will run over I2P, though you're advised to take extra precautions with security when setting up and to keep all associated software (e.g. Php, MySql, Python, Apache) up to date and locked-down! Also, there are quite a few forums running on I2P in various languages; see <a href="#eepsites">below</a> for some suggestions.</li>
39      <a name="plugins"></a><li class="tidylist"><b>Plugins for I2P</b><br>Extend the usefulness of I2P by installing plugins& blogging, chatting, file sharing and other plugins have already been written or ported and await your <a href="http://i2plugins.i2p/plugins/" target="_blank">installation</a>! Browse the plugins and related info at <a href="http://i2plugins.i2p" target="_blank">i2plugins.i2p</a>. If you're a <a href="http://i2plugins.i2p/developers/" target="_blank">developer</a>, a complete language-agnostic framework for writing your own plugins is provided with <a href="http://www.i2p2.i2p/plugins.html" target="_blank">documentation</a>; I2P plugins can be coded in any language.</li>
42<h3>Anonymous Encrypted Webserving on I2P</h3>
43<ul class="links">
45<li class="tidylist"><b>Ready to Roll!</b><br>I2P comes with a built-in, ready-to-go webserver for hosting your own anonymous website (eepsite) on the I2P network: a <a href="" target="_blank">Jetty</a> instance listening on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. To host your own content,
46  simply place your files in the <code>eepsite/docroot/</code> directory (or place
47  any standard JSP/Servlet .war files under <code>eepsite/webapps</code>,
48  or standard CGI scripts under <code>eepsite/cgi-bin</code>) and they'll show
49  up. You can also run any alternative webserver platform over I2P and replace the built-in server, or run it on another tunnel.</li>
50      <li class="tidylist"><b>Start Your Tunnel</b><br> 
51  After starting up, your pre-configured <a href="/i2ptunnel/" target="_blank">I2P Webserver Tunnel</a>
52your eepsite will be visible (but not discoverable) to others. Detailed instructions for starting
53  your eepsite, registering an .i2p domain and promoting your site to others are accessible via your own I2P websever on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</li></ul>
55<a name="eepsites"></a>   
56    <h3>I2P-Hosted Sites of Interest</h3>
57    <ul class="links">
58      <li class="tidylist"><b>Invisible Internet Project (I2P) Official Website</b><br><a href="http://www.i2p2.i2p/" target="_blank">www.i2p2.i2p</a> and
59        its mirror <a href="http://i2p-projekt.i2p" target="_blank">i2p-projekt.i2p</a>: Secure and
60        anonymous connections to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. There's also an official mirror running on <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. If you want to know more about how I2P works or how you can participate, this is your first port of call!</li>
61      <li class="tidylist"><b>I2P Community Forums</b><br><a href="http://forum.i2p/" target="_blank">forum.i2p</a>: A secure
62        and anonymous connection to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, an online forum community where developers and users alike discuss problems and ideas relating to I2P and associated topics, and <a href="http://zzz.i2p" target="_blank">zzz's developer forums</a> for both end users and developers.</li>
63      <li class="tidylist"><b>I2P Anonymous Pastebin</b><br><a href="http://paste.i2p2.i2p" target="_blank">paste.i2p2.i2p</a>: Secure and
64        anonymous paste service allowing anonymous text and text-based code sharing over I2P.</li>
65      <li class="tidylist"><b>Echelon's I2P Resources</b><br><a href="http://echelon.i2p" target="_blank">echelon.i2p</a>: I2P software
66        archive  with  source code (where permissible), information about I2P, including a <a href="http://echelon.i2p/I2Pguide/index.html" target="_blank">beginner's guide</a> &amp; pre-release developer builds of I2P for the adventurous to try.</li>
67        <li class="tidylist"><b>Ugha's Wiki</b><br><a href="http://ugha.i2p/" target="_blank">ugha.i2p</a>: An open wiki that anyone can edit with plenty of information  about I2P, help for beginners, additional links into the network etc.</li>
68      <li class="tidylist"><b>I2P-to-Freenet Proxy</b><br><a href="http://fproxy.tino.i2p" target="_blank">fproxy.tino.i2p</a>:
69        Peer into the file sharing world of the <a href="" target="_blank">Freenet</a> darknet with Tino's I2P-to-Freenet proxy.</li>
70        <li class="tidylist"><b>The Planet (on I2P)</b><br><a href="http://planet.i2p/" target="_blank">planet.i2p</a>: An RSS aggregator site that takes news and events from around I2P and publishes them all in one place. A good site to visit to see the community at work!</li>
71        <li class="tidylist"><b>Eepsite Search Engine</b><br><a href="http://eepsites.i2p/" target="_blank">eepsites.i2p</a>: An
72        anonymously-hosted eepsite search engine.</li>
73      <li class="tidylist"><b>I2P Network Health</b><br><a href="http://stats.i2p/cgi-bin/dashboard.cgi" target="_blank">stats.i2p</a>: Check out various aspects of network performance with this I2P network monitoring site run by zzz.</li> 
74      <li class="tidylist"><b>Discover I2P</b><br>There are many more eepsites - just follow the links from the ones you see,
75      bookmark your favourites, and visit them often!<br></li>     
76    </ul>
79<h2>Troubleshooting &amp; Further Assistance</h2><a name="trouble"></a>
80    <ul class="links">
81      <li class="tidylist"><b>Be Patient!</b><br>I2P may be slow to start the first time, as it searches for peers.
82  If, after 30 minutes, your Active: connected/recent count still has less than 10 connected
83  peers, there are several things you can do to check for problems:
84  </li>
86  <li class="tidylist"><b>Check your Configuration &amp; Bandwidth Allocation</b><br>I2P functions best when you can accurately reflect the speed of your network connection in the <a href="/config">bandwidth configuration section</a>. By default I2P is configured with some fairly conservative values that will not suit many use cases, so please take time to review these settings and correct where necessary. The more bandwidth you allocate and <i>specifically</i> upstream bandwidth, the more you benefit from the network.
87  </li>
89    <li class="tidylist"><b>Firewalls, Modems & Routers</b><br>Where possible, please ensure I2P/Java is allowed bi-directional port access from the internet by configuring your modem/router/pc firewall accordingly. 
90If you're behind a prohibitive firewall but have unrestricted outbound access, I2P can still function; you can turn off inbound access and rely on <a href="http://www.i2p2.i2p/udp.html" target="_blank">SSU IP Address Detection</a> to connect you to the network. For optimal performance, where possible please ensure I2P's <a href="/config">external port</a> is visible from the internet (see below for more information).</li>
92  <li class="tidylist"><b>Check Your Proxy Setttings</b><br>If
93  you cannot see any eepsites at all (not even <a href="http://www.i2p2.i2p/" target="_blank">www.i2p2.i2p</a>),
94  make sure your browser's proxy is set to access http traffic (<i>not</i> https, <i>not</i> socks) via <code> port 4444</code>. If you need some help, there's <a href="http://www.i2p2.i2p/htproxyports.html" target="_blank">a guide</a> to configuring your browser for I2P use, also <a href="" target="_blank">available</a> on the normal web. </li>
96  <li class="tidylist"><b>Check Your Logs</b><br><a href="/logs">Logs</a> may help resolve a problem. You may wish to paste excerpts in a forum for help, or perhaps <a href="http://paste.i2p2.i2p" target="_blank">paste</a> it instead and reference the link on IRC for help.</li> 
97  <li class="tidylist"><b>Verify Java is Up to Date</b><br>Ensure your Java is up to date [version 1.6 recommended and required for some features]. If you don't have Java installed, you probably want some implementation of the JRE (<a href="" target="_blank">Java Runtime Engine</a>); if you're a developer, the <a href="" target="_blank">SDK</a> may also be of interest, and possibly <a href="" target="_blank">Apache Ant</a> which we use to build the I2P Java binaries.
98  </li>
100  <li class="tidylist"><b>Problems running on Legacy Hardware</b><br>[Linux/Unix/Solaris] If you can't start the router with <code>i2p/i2prouter start</code> try the <code></code> script in the same directory. Root privileges are usually not required to run I2P. If you need to compile the <a href="http://www.i2p2.i2p/jbigi.html" target="_blank">jBigi library</a> (which is necessary in rare cases), consult appropriate documentation, visit the forums, or come pay a visit to our <a href="irc://">IRC developer channel</a>.
102  <li class="tidylist"><b>Enable Universal Plug and Play</b><br>Your modem or router may support Universal Plug &amp; Play (<a href="" target="_blank">UPnP</a>), which permits automatic port forwarding. Ensure UPnp support for I2P is enabled on the <a href="/config">config page</a>, then try ensure UPnP is activated on your modem/router and possibly your computer also. Now try restarting the <a href="/">I2P router</a>. If successful, I2P should report "Network: OK" in the sidepanel once the I2P router completes initial connectivity tests.
103    </li>
104  <li class="tidylist"><b>Port Forwarding</b><br>Open <a href="/config">I2P's port</a> on your modem, router and/or firewall(s) for better connectivity (ideally both UDP and TCP). More information on how to go about port forwarding can be found at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, in addition to our forums and IRC channels listed below. Note that I2P does not at this time support proxying via an intermediate web (eg. Squid, Polipo) or socks (eg. Tor) proxy [patches welcome!].     
105 </li>
106  <li class="tidylist"><b>Getting Support Online</b><br>You may also want
107  to review the information on the <a href="http://www.i2p2.i2p/" target="_blank">I2P website</a>,
108  post up messages to the <a href="" target="_blank">I2P discussion forum</a>,
109  or swing by
110  <a href="irc://">#i2p-help</a>, <a href="irc://">#i2p</a> or <a href="irc://">#i2p-chat</a> on I2P's internal IRC network (<code>irc.postman.i2p</code> or <code>irc.freshcoffee.i2p</code>). These channels are also available outside of I2P's encrypted, anonymous network via <a href="irc://">Freenode IRC</a>.</li> 
112<li class="tidylist"><b>Reporting Bugs</b><br>If you'd like to report a bug, please file a ticket on <a href="http://trac.i2p2.i2p" target="_blank">trac.i2p2.i2p</a>. For developer-related discussions, please visit <a href="http://zzz.i2p" target="_blank">zzz's developer forums</a> or come and visit the <a href="irc://">developer channel</a> on I2P's IRC network. Developers can browse source at <a href="http://stats.i2p/cgi-bin/viewmtn/" target="_blank">zzz's mtn repository viewer</a>, <a href="http://i2host.i2p/cgi-bin/view/branch/changes/i2p.i2p" target="_blank">Sponge's instance</a>, or via <a href="http://trac.i2p2.i2p/browser" target="_blank">trac.i2p2.i2p</a>.</li>
114<li class="tidylist"><b>Get Involved!</b><br>I2P is developed and maintained mostly through unfunded, voluntary participation by community members. We're happy to accept <a href="http://www.i2p2.i2p/donate.html" target="_blank">donations</a>, which go into essential hosting and administrative costs. We have <a href="http://www.i2p2.i2p/bounties.html" target="_blank">cash bounties</a> for aspects of I2P for developers looking for incentives to participate, and we're always looking for more Java coders, translators, promoters and users to help I2P grow. The bigger the I2P network, the more everyone benefits, so simply telling all your friends about I2P (and lending a hand with the installation and setup where needed) is a big help. For further info on how you can help visit the <a href="http://www.i2p2.i2p/getinvolved.html" target="_blank">volunteers page</a> on the website.</li>
116<div class="footnote"><hr>Document updated: December 2010.</div>
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