How to Send a Message to a Network Computer

There are multiple ways to send an instant message to a network computer.
The most common way is to use Net send command line provided by Microsoft and only a few easy steps to go.

First, Gather the names of the computers in your local or company network.

Click Windows Start>>Programs>>Accessories>>Command prompt to open a command line window.

Second, Type the Net Send syntax in following format:

net send {name | * | /domain [: name] | /users} message

Third, Press the “enter” key to run the command.

Send a message through net send is free, but there is a limitation of message length, spam or
useless information maybe distributed on your network, and the network users cannot reply to
your message which makes inconvenient in today’s office environment
Meanwhile the net send command is not available in Windows 7 and Vista. 

The other way is select a Lan messenger to send and receive message.

LAN Messenger, a instant LAN messaging software for home or office users, can be very useful for your work, One LAN instant messenger enables you to communicate with other users connected across the same LAN, allows you to chat with one or more users, or to send an alert message that will show as a small pop-up window on the users desktop. Some Land messenger includes many features like auto-reply text, file transfers, multi-user chat, online status, alert messages to all users and more.

Before you implement the LAN messenger to your company or private network, you can do a search for the advantage and disadvantage of Net send as compared to a LAN messenger from the page http://www.bigantsoft.com/net_send.html

The next step is to select proper LAN messenger, you can find a LAN message through Google search or refer to a professional shareware collection website.

Compare the features and price of the LAN messenger, download a free trial to see if the LAN messenger fulfills your requirements.

Advantages and disadvantages of use a LAN messenger to send message to network user: LAN messenger encrypts all data transmitted through your company network. You can send/receive message even files and folders. The GUI on client side is more user-friendly and functional. Most specialized LAN messenger are shareware, so extra budget for implement a LAN messenger will be considered. For medium and large company, IBM Lotus Sametime and Microsoft LCS will be a good choice, for small and medium company, you can get a try with Pidgin, BigAnt LAN messenger, Jabber.


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