So there was a big deal made out of the fact that iChat AV 2.1 and AIM 5.5 can do videoconferencing. Apple’s iChat page and a press release from AOL both proudly announce how the two can interoperate. For example, here’s an excerpt from the AOL press release:
The new live video instant messaging feature in AIM 5.5 is fully compatible with iChat AV 2.1, Apple’s breakthrough video conferencing technology. Now AOL users from a PC can tap into the worldwide community of iChat AV users on Macs. iChat AV 2.1, the latest version of iChat AV was released by Apple today…
This would be ideal for me, as my father has AOL and the latest version of AIM for Windows XP. He’s also moving to Florida, where he’ll have broadband. So I view this as the perfect way for him to keep in closer touch with us, and to be able to see Carolyn as she grows, even though he’ll be living a thousand or so miles away. When she gets older, it will be a way for her to keep in touch with him as well.
Now, neither Dad nor I own a camera yet, but we do both have microphones, so I thought I’d test out the audio chat capability. So far, zippo. He and I have both made sure we have the right versions of our client software. We can’t establish an audio connection.
So, has anyone gotten this to actually work, and if so, how? I’ve opened up all the ports I can find that even seem to be halfway relevant, as per an Apple KB article I found, and have checked my router to be sure it’s allowing traffic on those ports, but I still can’t establish an audio connection with AIM users. Text chatting, no problem, but I don’t even get an audio-chat icon in my Buddy List. I do get one for all the iChat users in my List, and have audio-chatted with a number of them. Do we both have to own a camera for this to work? I had figured, you know, if video conferencing was supported then audio conferencing must be supported, but perhaps that would be expecting things to make too much sense.
If anyone out there has a solution, or even a pointer to information about it, comments are most welcome.