5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 28, 2008 7:50 AM by jpx2
cleepdar Level 1 Level 1
Noob question:

I would like to setup iChat Server to enable cross-platform video chat. Can anyone share the current state of video chat compatibility between iChat clients and (any) windows clients. How well does this work? Any caveats?

Traffic will be all internal on our LAN.

Clients are half OS X 10.5.4 and half WIndows XP SP2.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
Solved by Tim Harris on Aug 20, 2008 12:40 AM Solved
Welcome to Apple Discussions.

The iChat server does not place any restrictions on cross platform video.

If you search the http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=139 forum, you will see many threads that discuss compatibility between iChat Mac clients and windows clients.
  • Tim Harris Level 4 Level 4
    Welcome to Apple Discussions.

    The iChat server does not place any restrictions on cross platform video.

    If you search the http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=139 forum, you will see many threads that discuss compatibility between iChat Mac clients and windows clients.
  • BobG.LA Level 1 Level 1
    Tim,

    Beg to differ. A search of that forum reveals nothing but problems and complicated setups. iChat may have the inherent ability ("no restrictions") to communicate with windows clients, but there is nothing easy or simple about it. I've spent the last hour trying to get my daughter set up to iChat with Yahoo Messenger. Per some of the links I tried to the PSI software option, but the PSI server I choose doesn't have Yahoo services and I'm having trouble "un-doing" that server connection, or creating a new/different one.

    If there is a good Windows client that is easy to use with iChat it would be nice to know - this seems like a very good question still waiting for an answer.
  • metro919 Level 1 Level 1
    Just for clarity I wanted to state iChat client is a multiprotocol IM client and the iChat server in OS X Server is an XMPP protocol Jabber server that CAN implement gateways to other IM networks like AOL which uses OSCAR protocol.

    Windows Jabber/OSCAR (Google Talk/AIM)clients per your request YMMV

    Spark
    http://www.igniterealtime.org/projects/spark/index.jsp

    Pidgin
    http://www.pidgin.im/

    Trillian
    http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/
  • Tim Harris Level 4 Level 4
    The iChat server does not place any restrictions on Video chat. Such facilities are a feature of a jabber client, of which iChatAV is one of many products on the market.

    If you are still having problems and you are running an iChat Server under Leopard, people here will help you, but please start a new thread here is this Discussion group and detail the problems your are having.
  • jpx2 Level 1 Level 1
    just use AIM or SKYPE. They work OK. Nothing is as good as mac to mac ichat.