The installation of the Ventrilo client and connect to a Ventrilo server. The Ventrilo servers is distributed as freeware and is available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, and the future is planned, support for operating systems based on the Linux kernel. The server under a restrictive license that is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and Kopi, Solaris, FreeBSD and NetBSD. Although there is no client version for Linux, it can be used in wine.
The default sound quality is comparable to a phone, but it can be amended to ensure a higher quality by changing to another codec. Ventrilo currently supports GSM Full-Rate, and as their main function Speex codecs. Currently, however, the Mac OS X client is still unable to make the most of the servers to a lack of support for the widely used GSM codec.
The Ventrilo developers have attempted to establish its bandwidth to a minimum but users with low bandwidth dial-up connection is still on low settings.
Gamers can use the software to communicate with other players on the same team of a multiplayer game. Communicating by voice gives a competitive advantage by allowing players to keep their hands on the mouse and action keys while playing a fast paced game such as a first-person shooter, particularly in team-based, tactical games. This kind of quick and easy communication can be crucial for those who participate in electronic sports. It is often referred to as "Vent". In game, if you are using ventrilo, it is also known as "Venting". Ventrilo is also popular among players of other genres of online games, especially MMORPGs (World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings Online, Navy Field, etc.) and real-time strategy games.
The gaming instant messaging utility Xfire displays the Ventrilo server address to which the user is connected.
Ventrilo is also used as a call-in method on radio shows, and for general voice-chat.
The quality of the speech depends on the users' sound cards and microphones and the codec selected by the administrator. It also depends on the quality of the host's Internet connection.