Client access with Jitsi
Jitsi - An XMPP Client
- Client UI
- Configuring the Client
- Add Account
We use the Jitsi SIP-Communications client because the client best meets our immediate needs:
- audio and video chat
- specifying the server by IP-Address
The ability to specify the server by IP-Address is important:
- until we can get the proper DNS SRV Settings, and
- we use a single Jabber-ID @domain at multiple sites using clustered ejabberd servers
Below are the basic instructions for configuration of the Jitsi client.
The Jitsi Client User Interface (UI) has two modes:
- Full Window Application
- Minimised (icon in the Notification Toolbar)
Full Window Application
The Full Window User Interface, displays your connection status (e.g. Offline or Available) and the status of your “Contacts”.
Figure: Jitsi Main Window (“Offline”)
The initial client will (obviously) not be connected, as no accounts have been configured, and we have no “Contacts”
When not in active use, you can “hide” away the Jitsi client by minimising it, and it will be accessible from the Windows Task Bar “Notification Area”
To get at the menu bar from the “Minimised” application:
- Mouse “Right-Click” on the Jitsi Icon.
Figure: Jitsi Notification Icon
The initial minimised client will (obviously) not be connected, and as such will be “greyed out” by losing all it’s colours.
Figure: Jitsi Notification Icon (coloured when an account is connected)
Configuring the Client
The Jitsi client runs with a Window or minimised and accessible from it’s Task Bar Notification Icon. The Account items are:
- Network Type: Jabber
- Jabber-ID or Username: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Password: as-provided-to-you
- Advanced Settings: Connection
- Connect Server: (only necessary if you’re DNS setting is not correct)
The following is a guide to specifying the above configuration.
- Show Options
- Accounts -> Add
- Add Accounts - Select a Network
- Add Accounts - Network List - Jabber
- Add Accounts - Details
- Add Accounts - Advanced Settings
- Add Accounts - Advanced Settings - Connection
- Add Accounts - Advanced Settings - Summary
- Options - Account Configured
- Active Client
1. Show Options
To get at the Options dialog:
From the Running Jitsi client, select the
- Tools Menu
- Options command
From the Jitsi notification Icon,
- Right Click the icon and
- Select the “Options” command
Figure: From the Jitsi Client: Tools –> Options
To get the menus from the Jitsi Notification Icon, “Right-Click” on the icon.
Figure: From the Jitsi Notification Icon: –> Options
2. Options - Accounts -> Add
From the Options dialog box, make sure you are:
- in the “Accounts” Tab (i.e. the Accounts toolbar item is sunken/selected)
- Click on the “Add” button.
Figure: From the Options dialog box: Accounts –> Add
3. Add Accounts - Select a Network
The Add new account dialogue box starts by requiring we select a network
- Click on the select network drop-down list-box to view a list
of account-types supported by Jitsi.
Figure: From Add Account dialogue box: Select a Network
4. Add Accounts - Network List - Jabber
We are running an XMPP/Jabber Server (ejabberd) so:
- Clicking on the select network will give us our list
- Click on the JABBER network
- [Add] is not enabled, do not click it.
Figure: From Select Network drop down list, Select Jabber
Clicking on the JABBER network will give us the configuration options for this server type.
5. Add Accounts - Details
The contents of the [Add new account] dialogue will change to give more options that we need to complete.
In the appropriate text-fields, enter the details you’ve been given:
- Existing Account (we’ve created the account, leave this as the selected option)
- Username: make sure you use the full Jabber ID name email@example.com Specify the username and the @ server-name.
- Password: ******
- Advanced: If you have not set up your DNS SRV Settings, then click on the Advanced button
Figure: Complete the Add new account details and select Advanced.
After completing the dialogue:
- If you have not set up your DNS SRV Settings, then click on the Advanced button.
- Click Add to complete your configurations.
a) Add Accounts - Advanced Settings
The advanced settings allow modifying the standard:
- Account information, as well as
- Connection Settings and
- ICE Configuration Settings.
Figure: In this dialog, select the Connection Tab
We need to modify the Connection settings, so select this tab by clicking on the Connection tab.
b) Add Accounts - Advanced Settings - Connection
In the Connection tab, we want to:
- Specify the Connect Server
- Click the Next button
Figure: Complete the “Connect Server” details and click Next
When the DNS SRV records are correctly configured, then this field will be your Jabber-ID @example.com hostname.
In a split environment, such as ours, one site will have correct SRV records, whilst others have to specify the Address for the Connect Server.
For Vietnam users, specify the connect server as: 10.9.0.1
c) Add Accounts - Advanced Settings - Summary
The next dialogue, is a summary of the configurations we’ve specified.
Figure: Complete the “Connect Server” details and click Next
Clicking on Sign In will complete the account configuration, and attempt to log into the XMPP/Jabber Server.
6. Options - Account Configured
Returning to the Options dialogue box, your account should show on the list.
Figure: Your configured account should be displayed.
If your configuration is successful, we can close the dialog box. Otherwise, you may get an error that the account is not valid, or your password is incorrect.
Close the dialog box to return to the Jitsi client.
7. Active Client
When you have successfully configured your account, the client will connect to the server and the display will change.
Figure: You are connected (Green Online button).
The standard window will display a “Green” button, indicating you are successfully logged in.
Figure: You are connected (Jitsi logo is colourful).
The minimised notification icon will be in colour.
If you have entered the wrong password, you will be prompted to re-enter the password.
If you have entered the wrong Connection Server, the connection will time-out/fail and you will need to edit your account settings.
If you’re password is correct, but you have entered the wrong Jabber ID (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org) you must delete the listed account, and create a new account.