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Chat via proxy (ICQ-like)

By erikdr ·
Home networking question, but some of you might know enough of it.
My proxy at home, Winproxy, is a given. The list of protocols it supports (www.winproxy.cz; not .com, that's a competing product with same name...) is

HTTP (WWW)
FTP
GOPHER
HTTPS (SSL)
Telnet
NNTP
SMTP
POP3
Real Audio
Mapped Links
SOCKS

Now for my wife and her friends I need to find a working chat solution. And you guessed it, my wife
's PC has no direct Internet link but through the Winproxy.
All participants are 'blank', nothing installed yet. We are talking primarily about one-to-one chats, so no public chatrooms needed.
I looked at ICQ. Functionality is perfect, BUT it requires special TCP ports (5190 for first contact and then a whole range for the private session). Will not work with my Winproxy, it looks.

Any votes for an alternative, one-to-one, chat program with more moderate firewall/proxy requirements? E.g. on simple HTTP or sockets? Freeware or shareware recommended...

Tnx in advance,

<Erik> - The Netherlands

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by avswamy In reply to Chat via proxy (ICQ-like)

it depends on how many clients are there, if the clients in ur network is limited then go for ics(internet connection sharing) in win98 second edition or win2k professional/winxp/win2k server
internet connection sharing is easiest and your all clients can chat with any chat client u installed.

you should not bother about ports or anything all can be resolved by the system where you shared internet.

i hope this solved your problem.

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by erikdr In reply to Chat via proxy (ICQ-like)

Sorry, maybe I've been unclear: Question stated
"My proxy at home, Winproxy, is a given. "

I know ICS and know ICS/NAT can do the job, but don't want that; the reason I stick to Winproxy, if that interests you, is that it also contains a local mail server which ICS/NAT does not.

So again the question:
Who knows a chat client using 'standard' protocols like HTTP or Sockets?
<Erik>

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Chat via proxy (ICQ-like)

by kenneth In reply to Chat via proxy (ICQ-like)

You can still use ICQ via HTTPS or SOCKS
Try to follow instruction in
http://www.icq.com/icqtour/firewall/netadmin.html

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by erikdr In reply to Chat via proxy (ICQ-like)

Yep, great. It's in the 'fine print' of the ICQ helpscreens! Later I found out that also Yahoo Messenger works reasonably well with a proxy, though you need to fiddle a bit during install.

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by erikdr In reply to Chat via proxy (ICQ-like)

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