Hardware and Telephone
If you work from home, or somewhere where there is access to the Internet, you can use Jabber to make voice and video calls using your PC, Mac, laptop, tablet or mobile phone as though you are using your deskphone. This depends on the device on which you are using Jabber being equipped with a suitable webcam and microphone.
The Jabber services that will be available to you off-campus will depend on the speed of your connection to the Internet and how many other active users are sharing the available bandwidth. As the level of available bandwidth increases, so does the quality of the audio and video calls made using Jabber.
Although it isn’t necessary to connect to the University’s VPN to make use of Jabber when off-campus, if the screen sharing and file transfer features of Jabber are required, then a connection to the University’s VPN will be required.
If you are unable to login to Jabber from off-campus and receive an error saying "Cannot communicate with server" then please reset your Jabber client and follow these instructions:
To reset Jabber, you first will need to sign out of Jabber by clicking on your initials on the top left of the Jabber window followed by clicking on “Sign Out”.
Once signed out you will be shown the login screen. Click on “Reset Configuration”.
Next you will be taken to the Jabber login screen. Proceed by logging in by entering your Loughborough University AD username followed by “@lboro.ac.uk” and click on “Sign in”.
Email email@example.com or phone (01509)222333.
We will need your name, the extension number, your location and a description of the fault with a rough idea of when the fault first occurred.
Please also state if it is your extension that is faulty or if you are reporting it on behalf of another person.
You can use your iPhone, iPad or Android devices with Jabber to make and receive voice and video calls as though you are using your deskphone.
You can download the necessary Cisco Jabber apps from the Apple and Google App Stores.
Please be aware that Jabber for iPhone/iPad and Jabber for Android are subject to application management by the device and may be hibernated without your knowledge. The client will be unable to receive calls or messages when in this state and, as such, we do not recommend it be relied upon for receiving calls.
The Jabber for iPhone/iPad and Jabber for Android services have to be enabled as required by an individual user. If you require them enabling for your extension number then please contact IT Services on 01509 222 333 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Show other users if you are available to be contacted. Your status is automatically updated if you are on the phone or in a meeting and you can also configure custom status messages.
To change your availability status, click on the status button and select the required status from the drop-down list.
You can set up to three custom status messages for each availability state.
To insert a new status message, click in the status message field and add your new status message.
This is typically because Jabber is set to control your office desk phone and not the computer you are working at.
This setting is changed by using the small icon of a computer with a headset or telephone icon at the bottom of the Jabber window. This will allow you to set which device will be used for calls.
You will need to select “Computer” or “Use my computer for calls” to be able to use your computer’s headset and microphone for telephone calls.
Underneath “Use my computer for calls” you may also see 'Audio Options...' if you are using a headset you may need to select this to change your preferred audio output and input device.
When two or more members of a chat room are online in a Jabber chat room at the same time, there is the option available to start a conference call between all of those chat room members by clicking on the button at the top of the chat room member list.
It should be noted that this feature isn't available to Mac users.
- Administrators – The member of staff that created a chat room is automatically assigned the role of administrator of the chat room. The administrator has complete control over the chat room and can add moderators and members to the list. The administrator can also delete the list if required.
- Moderators – Chat room moderators are assigned the role by the administrator of a chat room and have the permissions to approve the requests from members of staff to become members of the chat room. They do not have the permissions to approve other moderators of a chat room or delete a chat room.
- Members – Members of a chat room are able to participate in chat room discussions only. They do not have permissions to allow access to the chat room for other members of staff.
Any member of staff at the University is able to create Persistent Chat Rooms within Jabber. The list of chat room names and descriptions is searchable by ALL members of staff so names and descriptions should always be appropriate and informative. Use of the chat rooms comes under the University’s Acceptable Use Policy and other relevant properties.
The administrator of a persistent chat room can add a password to the chat room if required, by opening the chat room and clicking on the “Edit Room” icon. Clicking on the “Password” button will give the option to enter a password for the chat room. By enabling the password option, all members will need to enter the shared password before they are able to enter the chat room.
The administrator of a persistent chat room can limit the number of concurrent users that can have a chat room open at the same time. The default number is 50 concurrent users, but it may be necessary to either increase or decrease this figure. Opening the chat room and clicking on the “Edit room” icon, will give the chat room administrator the option to enter a new “Room participant limit” as required (up to a maximum value of 999).
The chat room member list will show a user the Jabber status of other members of the chat room. If required, the user can then select to contact an individual user directly by double clicking on their name on the list. This will open another Jabber window. The two chat room members can then communicate directly through Jabber without the conversation being shared with all members of the chat room.
Persistent Chat Room functionality is only available through Windows PCs and Macs. There is at present, no option for using Persistent Chat Rooms through Jabber on Android devices, iPads or iPhones.