Hello SIP Communicator Team,
I really was psyched when I found out that there's an open-source
alternative to Skype in the pipeline focusing on privacy and encryption.
I tried the program, but right now it seems to have too much problems to
work with it, so I was hoping to help the project by reporting them.
This is what I got:
1) When adding accounts or contacts, the program did not update well the
contact list. Contacts did not appear, appeared twice or thrice or were
deleted simultaneously. Working with a contact group and re-starting the
program between every step solved this problem, though. Somehow. Still
looks sort of unorganized.
2) IPtel.org does not support OTR. This should be mentioned somewhere,
it took me quite a long time to find out why OTR didn't work.
3) I created and payed an account at JustVoip.com in order to call
landline and mobile phones, which was not possible with SIP Communicator
(but with Blink).
4) Using XMPP, joining a chat room with a nick name, I read my own
massages twice: once with the jabber name and again with the nick name.
5) Making video calls with XMPP, the encryption status says that the
video stream is not encrypted - don't know why. My phone partner
couldn't see me, but I did see him and me. The program was crashing
every time on both sides after some seconds of video call. For the audio
part there was a lot of echo (maybe due to not using headphones and/or
bad audio settings).
6) Trying video calls with IPtel.org did not even work, the only video,
which one computer could receive, was the desktop sharing, but only when
the call was initiated with the desktop sharing button (and could not be
re-started after disabling the desktop sharing). Encryption status was
not visible (no quickinfo was shown).
8) Another computer did only login the accounts when SIP Com. was
started. The program had to be started and closed twice, the third time
starting the login worked. Very bad combination with 1). Here SIP Com.
had administrator privileges.
-FS Lifebook T4210, 2GB RAM, Processor T2400 2x1,83 Ghz, Logitec
-WindowsXP Tablet Edition 2005 SP3, recently updated; No Java installed
-SIP Communicator: 1.0 alpha 6 Build 3330, running without administrator
privileges (if not stated differently)
I suppose some of the trouble might be caused by my system because I
have a very modified one. I deleted several unnecessary parts of
WindowsXP with XPlite (including IE, Outlook and IIS) and have disabled
several Windows services not necessary for daily work with internet.
Skype however does work well. For testing purposes I disabled my
IPfilter (later on I enabled it again but permitted the ports 5060, 5061
Please tell me if I could help you and/or how to improve help or if you
need more information. Thanks for working on this project. I hope I can
drop Skype soon.