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Is there a jabber client for iPad that will connect to Apple's iChat/jabber server?

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JWells Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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May 3, 2012 1:58 PM

I've just purchased a third gen iPad and I'd like to be able to use the VPN connection in conjunction with an iChat client to communicate with my office's internal iChat/jabber server. However, none of the apps I've tried are able to successfully connect? I've tried Monal, IM+, IMO, munduIM OSE and Talkonaut. No joy.


I use Messages (beta) on the desktop, but there's no way to setup anything other than an Apple ID in Messages on the iPad. I'd love to keep it unified.


Any thoughts or suggestions? I've heard that Beejive is the way to go, but (call me a cheapskate) I don't want to pay for another app just to find out it won't do what I want!

iPad Wi-Fi + 4G (Verizon), iOS 5.1
  • essandess Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You almost certainly have a misconfigured router/firewall for jabber. I can confirm that OS X Lion Server works with the iPad and iPhone IM apps imo and BeeJiveIM.


    To track down your problem, which almost certainly is simply a port getting blocked or not forwarded at some point between your router and server, I'd suggest getting an nmap executable (e.g., get Xcode via app store, then macports, then sudo port install nmap) and download the old feature-rich Airport Utility 5.6 from Apple. First try this:


    $ nmap -p 5222 localhost

    $ nmap -p 5222 server_ip_on_LAN

    $ nmap -p 5222 server_ip_on_INTERNET


    This port should be open for each probe. When I first set up my server, Messages beta added a port forwarding entry on my Airport router, but this had a duplicate entry with another port forward, so I had to use Airport Utility 5.6 to track down and delete the superfluous port forward entry. I also had to use Server Admin to open all the iChat ports.


    One thing I was hoping for is an iOS app that supports video/voice over jabber, but all the apps I see are strictly IM. Can anyone recommend an app for this?


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