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How do I configure my Jabber client?

Gives information on Jabber client configuration

Jabber clients are available for download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, as well as mobile operating systems. Popular desktop clients include Spark and Pidgin (both are free and available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux), and MirandaIM (free, Windows-only).


PasswordTechnology Solutions common password
Resource Nameunique name for this location (for example "Work", "Home", "Laptop")
Resource Priorityunique number for the priority of this location (higher number = higher priority)

To add contacts, use your client's interface to add where NetID is the UIC NetID of the person you want to add to your contact list. If that person uses Jabber, they will receive a request to authorize you. Once authorized, you will see their status in your contact list.

Using Jabber from multiple locations or devices

If you want to use Jabber from two (or more) locations simultaneously (which means if you have it open on two or more devices), there are two things you want to keep in mind:

  • Name your resource - give each client a different resource name, for example: work, home, laptop, mobile
  • Set your resource priority - once you've named each resource, set a different priority for each client (note that the higher the number, the higher the priority).

Now, say that you're logged in from two locations:

  • resource: work 
    priority: 2
  • resource: home 
    priority: 1

If you set it up this way, by default, messages will be routed to your work location. If you are out and about campus and log in from your laptop (resource: laptop priority: 3), new messages will go to your laptop. You can also force messages to go to a particular resource by sending messages to

If you set the resource name to the same value on two different Jabber clients, you will experience problems logging in. If you set the priority to the same value on two clients, the most recent connection wins.

Keywords:configuration, instant messaging, IM   Doc ID:83420
Owner:Richard W.Group:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
Created:2018-07-06 09:39 CSTUpdated:2020-10-13 10:32 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Chicago Technology Solutions
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