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Workgroup Woes

The sparse documentation that comes with JabberNow admonishes you to reserve a static IP address for the device, and one that all machines within your gateway can get to. Not a problem here, as this is a genuine SoHo environment with only about six or seven computers, a couple of printers and a digital music player to get in the way of in-house instant messaging.

When you boot JabberNow, the screen lights up and it goes out and finds itself a DHCP-assigned IP address to use temporarily, which is then displayed on the screen. Be sure to bring a magnifying glass, as the type size on the screen will almost surely exceed the capabilities of your drugstore-bought reading glasses.

JabberNow. $2,495. Jabber Inc.

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