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This page describes how you can connect to a GENI channel (chat room). Currently we are using jabber to communicate. Jabber is a an instant messaging technology that is based on the XMPP open standard.

In order to connect to a channel you need to follow these steps :

1. Get a jabber account

Unlike other IM protocols, Jabber is decentralized, meaning that there is no central server. If you have an account to any server that talks XMPP you should be able to connect to the GENI chat rooms. GTalk is using XMPP and thus you can use your Google Account to connect. If you don't currently have an account you can get one at

2. Download a jabber client

You can find a list of clients that talk the XMPP protocol at the XMPP website. Although gtalk is using the XMPP protocol, the gtalk client will not work. Example lients are Adium for MacOSX and Pidgin for Windows/Linux/MacOSX.

3. Join the channel

Start your client and enter your account information. Then in order to join the channel you would need the chat room name and the server, which is