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Psi for Mac

Follow these instructions for using Psi for Mac for use with chat.ucsd.edu.

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1. Download Psi for Mac

Psi is a free chat client available for download on Windows and Mac. Download and install the client on your computer.

2. Configure your account

  1. Run Psi and you will receive the following message. Select "Use existing account."
    Mac Psi Existing Account
  2. In the Account tab, enter username@chat.ucsd.edu under "XMPP Address". Enter your Active Directory password.
    1. You can choose to have Psi automatically connect on startup or reconnect if disconnected or waking from sleep.
    2. Leave "Log message history" unchecked. Chat.ucsd.edu doesn't log conversations.
      Mac Psi Account Settings
  3. In the Connection tab, enter the following settings:
    1. Check Send "keep-alive" packets (to prevent timeouts)
    2. Check Manually Specify Server Host/Port:
      1. Host: chat.ucsd.edu
      2. Port: 5223
    3. Encrypt connection: Legacy SSL
    4. Allow plaintext authentication: Over encrypted connection
      Mac Psi Connection Settings
  4. Save your settings once you finish.

3. Adding friends

  1. To add a friend, click on General, then select Add a Contact
    Mac Psi Add a Contact
  2. The Add Contact Dialog will appear.
    Mac Psi Add Friend
  3. In this dialog, enter the XMPP address of your friend. You can nickname your friend anything you like. You can also add them to any Groups you might have in your contact list.
  4. Click Add and they will appear in your contact list.

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