Instant Messaging System
A full featured instant messaging chat service is available at Louisiana Tech University. The service provides a secure, advertising free system for students, faculty and staff to communicate person to person, or as groups. This article contains information on the system, how to setup clients and why you should use the system. The system allows communications to be encrypted to provide a secure channel.

Clients for most platforms can be downloaded from www.jabber.org. Mac OS X 10.4 has a client included (iChatAV). Clients should be configured to connect to the server "chat.latech.edu". Some clients require you to enter your username as This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it while others have separate fields for the username and server. If you need to put the name of the room/group/conferencing service, use conference.chat.latech.edu.

Users of other Jabber/XMPP based systems (such as Google) can also communicate with Tech users by requesting a chat to your-userid@chat.latech.edu.

Why use this system?
This system is ideal if you want to instant message with students, faculty, staff or classmates, but do not want to give them your private instant messenger. The system can also be secured to allow encrypted conversations. You can also chat with Google Mail users without having a Google Mail account.

What chat clients are recommended?
Spark (http://www.igniterealtime.org/downloads/index.jsp) is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
For Windows users, we also recommend Pandion (http://www.pandion.be) or Gaim (http://gaim.sourceforge.net). For Mac users, we recommend iChatAV or AdiumX (http://www.adiumx.com).
In addition, Google's Talk client can communicate with users of the Tech system.