Connecting via landline is the easiest method, as it's generally plug-and-play. However, you will need to "jailbreak" your XBAND the first time you connect, as it normally dials an 800 number burned into ROM. After you have connected to the server once, your modem will be updated to dial Retrocomputing.Network's access number directly.
Connecting via landline only works in the United States and Canada.
Gameplay via landline only works in the United States.
The Retrocomputing.Network XBAND server is free to use, but you may incur normal long-distance telephone charges, depending on your phone plan and area. The server dial-in number is in the 920 area code.
If you choose to challenge a player to a game, your telephone numbers will be exchanged with each other's modems as a necessary part of the matchmaking process.
You may also incur long-distance charges from dialing another player in a challenge. The server currently ignores the long-distance preference in XBAND — you will be matched with any player regardless of your calling area.
You must be able to connect the XBAND and telephone to your phone line simultaneously. Depending on how many phone jacks you have, you may need a splitter.
Jailbreak your XBAND
Get your XBAND to the main menu. Select Challenge, and use D-pad LEFT to select "Yes" at the "are you sure you want to connect" popup, but don't actually press Yes yet.
Pick up the phone and dial 1-920-949-2263. After it rings, you will hear a very short beep. Press the # key on your phone immediately. You will hear a new dial tone.
Now press "Yes" to connect to XBAND. After you hear XBAND dial, hang up the phone.
Once you connect successfully, your XBAND will remember the new Retrocomputing.Network access number and you won't have to jailbreak again.
Things to remember:
If your modem's battery is dead, the jailbreak will be lost every time you turn the console off.
Please be aware that most landline service today is not a true analog copper POTS line, but actually uses VoIP technology. This is very common on landline service sold through an ISP or cable company, or anything sold as "digital" telephone service. If you have this type of service, you may experience laggy gameplay.