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Introduction

Apple's iChat ships bundled with Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). The setup instructions below assume that iChat is already installed.

To use iChat with the IM pilot, you must be running Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). The versions of iChat that come with earlier version of Mac OS X (such as 10.3) do not support Jabber and will not work. For those computers you should be using Adium X, or upgrade to Mac OS X 10.4.

Configuration

Step 1

First open up iChat and select "Preferences..." from the "iChat" menu. A window should open, please click on the icon labeled "Accounts". You should get a window that looks like this:

First look to see if someone has started to setup a Jabber account already. If there is a light-bulb icon in the "Accounts" section (red circle), and when you click on that account the Jabber ID (orange oval) has "upenn.edu" in it, then go onto step 3. Otherwise, click on the "plus" button (green circle) and continue with step 2.

Step 2

Once you click on the "plus" button a small sheet should drop down that looks like this:

Here you need to set six things:

  1. Change the "Account Type" (green oval) to "Jabber Account"
  2. Fill in the Jabber ID (red oval) with your PennKey (name) and "@upenn.edu". Your PennKey is the also first part of your Penn email address. Note that this will always end with "@upenn.edu" regardless of what the rest of your email address is.
  3. For you password (orange oval) you need to use your PennKey Password. If you want to test your PennKey and Password to make sure you have them right, you can do so at the PennKey Tester.
  4. In the "Server" field (yellow oval) put "jabber.upenn.edu"
  5. For Description (blue oval) put "UPenn Jabber Server"
  6. And finally make sure that the "use this account" checkbox is checked (purple circle)

Now click on "Add" and then skip Step 3 and go on to Step 4.

Step 3

Here we are modifying an account you already have. Since you already have the account highlighted you should have something like this:

In the "Account Information" tab we have 4 things to make sure of:

  1. Both "Use this account" and "When iChat opens.." should be checked (red oval)
  2. "Description" (green oval) should read "UPenn Jabber Server"
  3. Your "Jabber ID" (orange oval) should be your PennKey (name) and "@upenn.edu". Your PennKey is the also first part of your Penn email address. Note that this will always end with "@upenn.edu" regardless of what the rest of your email address is.
  4. And finally you might want to re-type your password which is your PennKey Password. If you want to test your PennKey and Password to make sure you have them right, you can do so at the PennKey Tester.

Now click to the "Server Settings Tab" and make sure it looks like this:

There are three things to confirm here:

  1. That the "Server" (red oval) is set to "jabber.upenn.edu"
  2. That the "Port" (green oval) is set to 5223
  3. And that all three of the checkboxes for "Connect using SSL", "Allow self-signed certificates", and "Warn before password is sent insecurely" are checked.

Step 4

Now that we have the settings in correctly, we can close the preferences window. A window named "Jabber List" should have opened, and it should look like this:

Go online by clicking on "Offline" (red oval) and changing it to "Available". It should now look like this:

Now you are visible to other people, and you should add other people in your group who have setup Jabber. To do this you start out by clicking on the "Plus" button (red circle) at the bottom of the window. This will bring up an addressbook:

If you already have an entry in your Addressbook for the person you want to contact, highlight them and click on the "Select Buddy" button (red oval). If you don't have a card for them click on the "New Person" button (green oval). In either case you should get another window that looks like this:

The important thing in this window is fill in the Jabber account name (red oval). That name is going to be the other person's PennKey (name) and "@upenn.edu". Once you have that filled in you can click on the "Add" button, and you are ready to instant-message using Jabber.

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