LAN/Network Messaging Client

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  1. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

    iLog.Genius

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    Does anybody know of any free IM clients for network use only? I have quite a few computers in the house and would like to have IM between them. I know I could use iChat/AIM/Yahoo!/AIM/WLM but no one in the house really uses those clients except me. I just want something that can cross platform with Windows and OS X and separate from friends/family.

    Thanks!
     
  2. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    You must have a pretty big home, in my house shouting works pretty well.

    It's not LAN based, but it's another option: I use Google Talk / Gmail Chat to communicate with my family. There is a client for windows, and it also works right out of your gmail inbox for chat, and there is a plug-in (for video/sound), I always have gmail tab open, so it works for me.
     
  3. snowmoon macrumors 6502a

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    iChat and Gaim will both do "Bonjour" IM which will work on one network only and requires no registration or complicated setup.

    It may be referred to as link-local in some documentation as well.
     
  4. iLog.Genius thread starter macrumors 601

    iLog.Genius

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    I have iChat/Bonjour between the Mac's but need something for Windows. Again, I just want something just for LAN but if there isn't one out there for free, I guess I can get the rest of the house on AIM or Google Talk, even though it isn't "one" client, it would be AIM/Google Talk and iChat
     
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