Communicator 2011 Mac connect via Edge? Yes!

I honestly haven’t found a straight answer to this question. Does it connect via Edge or not?

Well, the short answer is yes! When I first installed Office it was almost a surprise when it installed a mac version of Communicator, pleasantly surprised too. I installed it, got it working on the lan and then jumped on a train armed with my 3G dongle. I fired it all up got Outlook connected without vpn and duly then expected Communicator to work. It didn’t.

I know that the Windows version was working fine, so I was confident I had no SRV funnies. I went to the forums/technet/support/google and found no answer, only some other folk asking similar questions. I loaded my vpn tunnel and presto, communicator connected. I tried again and again, on various internet connections, plain dsl etc, it didn’t work. I came to the conclusion it wasn’t in the feature set. Most answers in forums were to offer vpn, this just seemed a backward step and unnecessary admin overhead

Last week I installed the latest patch for Communicator 2011 (13.1.0 (101123)) and nosed around the desktop sharing feature and wrote my article on it here. I encouraged my colleagues and team to install the patch also. The following day, Nick in my team was working at home and left me a message to say he’d signed in via Edge!

Being the unbelieving pessimist I am, I had to see it for myself, I fired up 3G and presto, it took a little time, but it signed in over Edge on 443.

So, yes, it works, but only on the latest patch.

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  1. I have Microsoft Communicator 2011 for Mac (13.1.2 (110722)). When I am traveling it works fine in airports, hotels, etc. It also works fine with my Sprint wifi card. When I am in my home office using Comcast cable internet service, it doesn’t work. If I log in to my company’s VPN it starts working.

    So I seem to have isolated the problem to being something to do with the Comcast internet service. Comcast, however, has NO clue whatsoever about any of this. They are useless and I have spent hours holding and calling and holding and calling to no avail.

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    1. You could try using DNS from elsewhere, even try OpenDNS. Sounds like Comcast have got some kind of limits on what DNS lookups they allow, or they’ve not got a full table, who knows. To my mind it’s their DNS you get given, if it works elsewhere, then it’s working correctly! Try using the 2 opendns addresses and see how you get on?
      208.67.222.222

      208.67.220.220

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