Q: How does Wippien work?
Wippien uses XMPP protocol to communicate with any Jabber server of your choice. Once connected, it locates your contacts and shows their presence status. If you put (and authorize) someone to be on your contact list, you can then establish direct peer-to-peer connection with those contacts - just as they are plugged directly to your network switch. Direct connection is encrypted and secured. None of peers need to know real IP address of other peer - Wippien assigns temporary one for the session lifetime.
Q: What can Wippien do for me?
Wippien will connect you directly to your peers. It will assign unique IP address to represent that contact (such as 192.168.0.2). You can then refer to those contacts through virtual IP address. No matter where you are, if you are behind firewall, if you use dial-up, DSL, cable network... You will have direct connection to your friends' computer! Complete communication with them will be encrypted using AES algorithm. As long as you can stay online, Wippien will make sure you're securely connected to your contacts too.
Q: What is VPN?
"A virtual private network (VPN) is a private data network that makes use of the public telecommunication infrastructure, maintaining privacy through the use of a tunneling protocol and security procedures. The idea of the VPN is to give the company the same capabilities at much lower cost by using the shared public infrastructure rather than a private one.
Q: What is JID?
JID is short of "Jabber ID". Since Wippien uses Jabber protocol, everyone on network has unique ID. This is similar as email address - represents someone -at- someserver. That's why JID is typicaly confused by email address (although it can be same as your email address).
Q: Can everyone connect to my PC?
Not everyone! Only contacts YOU explicitly allow will be able to connect. Others just don't have technical possibilities to do so. Even if they try to access your system, your computer will reject them because they don't know secret key (different for each Peer2Peer connect) to use.
Q: Can I use my existing ICQ (MSN/Yahoo/AIM...) account with Wippien?
Usually, Yes. This all depends on the server you connect to. Your server should have gateways for all those services - most of servers do. After you start Wippien, you should click on green PLUS icon just below your name, and select "Add/Remove Identity". Then click on 'Add New Account' button. If you see ICQ (MSN/Yahoo/AIM...) on the list - select it and put there your UIN/Password. Jabber server will register to ICQ (MSN/Yahoo/AIM...) network with your credentials and forward complete traffic through Wippien to you. If you don't see ICQ (MSN/Yahoo/AIM...) services, you should change your server.
Q: Can I add my ICQ (MSN/Yahoo/AIM...) contacts too?
If you have add your ICQ (MSN/Yahoo/AIM...) identity, then you can add contacts too. You should again click on green PLUS icon just below your name, and then select "Add/Remove Contact". Enter contact's ID (UIN, Name, email, depends on service...). Make sure you click on 'Add Contact' button at the end!