Chat Clients

Ok, I need to find a chat client (doesnt matter if its free or not) that is able to:

1) Allows me to set up private chat rooms between users easily:
What I need to happen is a company rep sets up a private chat room to chat with somebody over the internet at an arranged time.

how is this possible to do? must be private chat (password protection?)

the company rep may never chat to that person again, but will arrange to chat with a new person in the same way as as before.

therefore they need to be able to set up a private chat room each time - maybe email a chat room name and password - so the 2 people can connect in private.

2) The chat software should also be able to have public chat rooms for many people to chat in - it would be great if people could break off and chat in private from this room too.

3) all needs to run through a web browser.

So does anybody know of any good software to use?
blacksheepAsked:
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elfiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It ain't cheap, but its the best web based chat server around: http://www.chatsystems.com

You could also try paralogic's java based chat, http://www.parachat.com it's less costly than the chatsystems server, but also not as configurable and is less reliable.

For a pretty good FREE web chat server you can set up, try everychat, at http://everychat.ml.org this one is written in perl

http://echat.base.org has a $20 web chat server which was developed from the everychat server, but includes some extra goodies and is worth the $20.

Overall though, I highly recommend the Chatsystems one if you can afford it. After that I suggest the echat.base.org one, then everychat, and lastly, parachat.
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
There are so many that you are better off hitting
http://www.altavista.com/
and type free chat server
I got this reply: AltaVista found 293260 Web pages for you
Refine with the words software or script

Michel
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blacksheepAuthor Commented:
was hoping that i wouldn't have to search for one
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
Ok, good luck

Michel
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sybeCommented:
why don't you check out www.tucows.com (if you are on windows)
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