[FSFE-Manc] [Fsuk-manchester] Software Freedom Day: Hunt for Skype alternatives

Mirko Boehm mirko.mb.boehm at gmail.com
Wed Jan 30 15:17:11 UTC 2013


On Jan 30, 2013, at 09:42, Anna Morris <say.hello.to.anna at googlemail.com> wrote:

> am interested as to why jabber, through pidgin, with both accounts on same server, worked when we were in the same room but not when we were in different places. Cisco are offering something jabber shaped as a service like this, and apparantly that works (i bet they wont tell us how or why though!). I really wouldn't mind paying a few pounds a month for a service like this, but not from them. Anyway - it is all over my head, but i guess all the info helps :)

this is usually a case of problems of NAT traversal. Jabber uses STUN [1] servers for that, IIRC. Essentially a Jabber server needs a little more setup to pass through WIFI access points et cetera for video chat.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STUN
Mirko Boehm | mirko at kde.org | KDE e.V.
FSFE Fellow, FSFE Team Germany
Qt Certified Specialist

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