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Chapter 12. Conducting Live Chats and Vi... > Chatting on a Local Network

Chatting on a Local Network

If you don't have an instant message account or server, you can still use iChat AV to chat with others on your local network. Instead of communicating with a central Internet server, each computer communicates directly with each other over network cables. iChat AV also works with a wireless connection using AirPort over a local network or the Internet. Rendezvous allows you to chat with people on your local network or wireless local community. You can't add a rendezvous user to your Buddy list. The user names are based on the log-in settings on each person's computer and are not AIM screen names. Unlike regular instant message, when you type a Rendezvous instant message, each character you type is sent immediately unless you turn off the default setting in the Messages pane of iChat Preferences.

Turn On Rendezvous Instant Messaging

Click the iChat menu, and then click Preferences.

Click Accounts.

Select the Enable Local Rendezvous Messaging check box.

Click the Close button.


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