WWIVnet was a Bulletin board system (BBS) network for WWIV-based BBSes. It was coordinated by Wayne Bell.

Network layout

WWIVnet consisted of several participating BBSes, each referenced by a unique number. Each area code with WWIVnet nodes had an area coordinator. A group of area codes were under a zone coordinator, and all zones were under the network coordinator.

Originally, WWIVnet nodes were numbered by area code. The format was txyzz, where x and y were the first and last digits of the area code, and zz was a number that started with 00 in area codes with a second digit of 0, and 50 in area codes with a second digit of one. t would start at 0 (although leading zeros are not quoted in node numbers) and would increase each time zz filled up. Thus, node 5802 was a node in area code 508, 6754 was a node in area code 617, and 12263 was a node in a very busy area code 212.

The renumbering of WWIVnet occurred sometime between Feb. 1993 and April 1993 -- the rule that area codes would only have second digits of 0 or 1 was changed and most WWIVnet nodes were renumbered into a zone based scheme. Node numbers were then of the format xzzz, where x was the zone number.


  1. TextFiles contains a good quick discussion of some WWIVnet and IceNET stuff.
  2. BBS Documentaty contains some discussion as well:
  3. Textfiles contains all the back issues of WWIVnet WWIVnews at
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