Google Talk Conference Calling Tips and Ideas

Google’s instant messaging software gtalk is popular these days. But it misses few important functionality like video chat and voice conferencing. Here is a trick that will address the later one and would give you complete idea on how to make a voice conference call from gtalk.

Google’s new version of gtalk has come up with lot of improvements and features. Google’s trying to rule out Instant Messaging market as well. I really like gtalk for it stunning quality and fidelity when it comes to voice chat. The only drawback had with voice chat in gtalk is voice conferencing. Couple of day’s back I figured out roundabout way to make conference calls in gtalk as well. Thanks to Google’s fan blog which made me to discover the nomutex functionality that is been hidden in gtalk.

Here goes the step by step instruction,

  • Open up a copy of Google Talk on all the computers which you wish you conference
  • After a instance is opened up in all computers, make a new shortcut for Google Talk but at the end add /nomutex (to do this right click on the new shortcut icon and edit the target field; it should look something similar to “C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe” /nomutex assuming your gtalk installation is done in default location)
  • Now open up the second instance on every computer using the shortcut. Nomutex argument will let gtalk to open multiple instances.
  • Now, we need to create a chain to connect all the systems. Let us assume we do this for 3 participant now (say A, B and C)
  • Participant A should call Participant B via one instance
  • Participant B will call Participant C on other instance
  • Participant C will connect to Participant A to form a loop
  • Now all participants in the conference are connected and conference will being momentarily 🙂

Note: By default for incoming calls gtalk will take the latest instance as active one and gets connect to it. Hence to make a call you need to use the instance available initially.

Here is diagrammatic representation of the workaround way. Thanks to for the image.

Enjoy voice conferencing in Google Talk:)


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