4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 16, 2013 11:20 PM by Subbu44
Subbu44 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I know we may sound like a family that doesn't commucate face-to-face. Not the case. We have three MBPs (all with Mountain Lion) in our house and when we are  on our respective computers we sometimes find it easier to ask a quick question by e-mailing one another rather than shouting out our question or walking up or down the stairs (we live in a two-storey home plus a basement). We are all connected on the same home WiFi network. Is there an app we can use for messaging each other? I know there's  OS X Messages, but I am looking for an app that is restricted to intra-network use. We don't want to get messages outsiders send us. Moreover, I would prefer an app that doesn't require running in the background to get messages (like Messages or Skype do) unless it's an app that doesn't use up much memory.

 

Thanks for any recommendations.

 

Subbu


Macbook Pro and Mac Pro quad, Two 23" monitors
  • 1. Re: Intra-home message app?
    g_wolfman Level 4 Level 4 (1,120 points)

    You can set up Messages for Bonjour messaging and disable iCloud.  That should do what you want.  It's in the account preferences for Messages.

     

    There's no such thing as a app that can receive messages without running.  They can run in the foreground or background, or have a helper running instead, but something must be running for push notifications to work.  The memory cost is negligible.

  • 2. Re: Intra-home message app?
    Subbu44 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi wolfman! Thanks a lot for your suggestion. I tried what said and it works great. Didn't realize Messages allows screens-sharing and video-chats as well. Couple of things though:

     

    1) I added Messages to my Login items and did the same on the other two MBPs in my household. But, how do we prevent the Messages window opening up everytime we log in? It's kinda annoying to have to close it each time.

     

    2) Don't see an iCloud option to disable. The Messages account shows (inactive). I suppose that's the one?

     

    Thanks again.

     

    Subbu

  • 3. Re: Intra-home message app?
    g_wolfman Level 4 Level 4 (1,120 points)

    1) I would imagine you could select the login item checkbox to hide Messages; and

     

    2) Correct.

     

    Cheers,

  • 4. Re: Intra-home message app?
    Subbu44 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Awesome. That solved my problem. You sure are a pro! :-)

     

    Thanks again.

     

    Subbu