> Hi all,
> I am wondering if it is at all possible to have my msn messenger working to
> its fullest through my FreeBSD 4.6 box which is running NAT. I want to get
> things like video/audio chatting and sending files running again and have
> heard some people say it cant be done and others say it can.
> If it cant, why not ?? If it can, how ??
> Please also keep in mind that I am relativly new to FreeBSD (4 weeks) and am
> so far enjoying it immensely, so vauge references probably wont be much help
> to me
No, MSN Messenger will not work to "its fullest" through a FreeBSD
firewall/gateway. The reason being Messenger doesn't take advantage of
non-MS proxies well. Only normal chatting works through NAT, all other
MSN Messenger makes use of Microsoft's uPNP to do proxying so that
Video and Audio comms work. But even uPNP won't allow file transfers
which is pathetic. Currently, only a number of modems/routers support
uPNP and there is a Linux implementation of uPNP, but that hasn't been
ported to FreeBSD yet.
I have tried to use file transfer over Socks5 proxy, but without luck
also, so I come to the conclusion that this feature only works through
a direct connection.
If you are wanting to do video/voice comms behind NAT, then I
recommend using EyeBall Chat. If you want voice only and have setup
Socks5, then ICQ also works (plus you'll be able to use file transfer
directly across ICQ with Socks5 proxy). If you can setup a VPN, you
have a wider choice - such as CuSeeMe and NetMeeting. I think
Microsoft is planning to add direct IP access for MSN Messenger in the
future so that it works within a local LAN/VPN. I currently run a VPN
connection (with mpd for PPTP) to do voice/video/file transfer with a
remote node. I also sometimes use EyeBall to do voice/video when my
net connection seems a little bogged up (ie, the FreeBSD gateway I
have only runs on a P200, and the VPN uses 128bit encryption and
compression - so that bogs it down a little when my family use the net
Hope this info helps you.