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Private peer-to-peer local network instant messaging !

File Size: 1.08 MB License: Free to try OS: Win95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP Requirements: 32M RAM 20M free HD space

NetChat is an award-winning peer-to-peer local network instant messaging and communications system for Windows. NetChat does not require a server for use and allows the ability to "chat" in real-time instant messaging on a secure, private local network. Private instant messaging has never been so easy!

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Key Features:

  • Instant Messaging for the small/home office network
    NetChat provides a peer-to-peer solution for instant messaging for the small or home office. Using an interface similar to the popular Instant Messaging software, NetChat provides the same features within the confines of a local network. NetChat is the ultimate computer communication tool for the SOHO network!
  • Similar features to Yahoo, AOL and MSN Messenger programs, without the security issues
    NetChat provides network instant messaging similar to the bigger, public chat applications, but on your own private network. There is no fear of a virus or other outside access as NetChat runs entirely in the confines of your own secure network.
  • Can be used as an electronic office in/out board
    See when other users are in the office and available. Helps keep track of employees in a small office.
  • Safe, Secure and Private Communications
    Using standard protocols, we have devised a closed system of communication within a local network. Even on a local network using private addresses, NetChat can allow users to communication without the threat of incoming data from the real world.
  • ACustomizable preset text messages
    Version 2.0 allows you to configure preset messages which allows less typing when sending messages.
  • True Peer-to-Peer Networking
    With NetChat, you do not need a dedicated server computer or software to communicate. NetChat operates completely in a peer-to-peer mode, allowing efficient communication directly between users on a network. There is no server, so each message goes directly from sender to receiver, without having to be routed through a central computer on the network.
  • One-on-one network conversations with other users
    Simple, direct network communications that allows one-on-one private instant message communication with another user on your local network. The conversation data can be encrypted, ensuring that even on your local network no one is able to sniff and decipher your private messages.
  • Does not require Outlook components
    NetChat is completely independent of any other software requirements on your PC. The only thing that is needed is a local area network running the TCP/IP protocol.
  • No Direct Internet Connection Required
    NetChat works completely on a local Ethernet network using the TCP/IP protocol. However, it does not need a connection to the Internet. If you do have an Internet connection, NetChat works on your local subnet, so it will not be accessible from the "outside world."
  • Easy to Use
    Getting started with NetChat is very easy - just install the software on two or more computers on the same local network and you will be prompted for some user settings. You may then begin instant messaging in real-time with other users.
  • Feature rich configuration settings
    NetChat offers many features found in the large on-line systems, including the ability to customize your user name and appearance icons.
  • Network requirements
    NetChat uses the TCP/IP protocol and works with fixed or dynamic IP addresses on an Ethernet network. Any Windows 98/ME/2000/XP PC with a network card and configured for a local network will be able to run this software. Each computer will be identified to others based on a custom user name from the IP address of each computer. Since no two computers can have identical IP addresses on a network (or subnet), each client is assured to be unique. NetChat can work with network PCs which have fixed (static) or dynamically assigned IP addresses.

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