Skyping – Video Calling for Free!
How does it work?
Skype uses a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) client to do its magic. VoIP owes its versatility to another fantastic technology, the Internet. Instead of sending signals via a PSTN network, be it analog or digital, a VoIP application usually uses SIP (a variation of the standard TCP/IP protocols) to create data packets, and sends them on the same network you use for email and web surfing.
By using data packets, the technology can be used to carry more than the standard mono voice your old telephone does; VoIP can carry text, images, live video and high quality stereo sound as well as ‘screen sharing’, depending on the speed and reliability of your internet connection.
You need a receiver: a special phone , smartphone or computer with speakers and microphone and a web cam for video chat.
VoIP is inappropriate for emergency situations since your call may appear to come from Miami or work rather than home. Also, it will not work without power or an Internet connection.
- Download the Skype software from Skype.com or download the free app from iTunes or Android Market.
- For your computer you may need to purchase a web cam. You might want a headset with microphone and ear piece.
- Install the software.
- Set up your account.
- Test the software call the Echo/Sound test.
- Start inviting your friends and family to be your contacts.
- Call people!
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Troubleshooting and Help
First check the Skype support webpage https://support.skype.com/en-us/
Call quality issues http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/support/user-guides/call-quality/
Check your bandwidth https://support.skype.com/en-us/faq/FA1417/How-much-bandwidth-does-Skype-need? or http://www.bandwidthplace.com/ See the speed test results I got in Florida
Check your call quality before you make the call. Click on the person you wish to call and then on the call quality button
Make sure you have the latest version of Skype and the person you're calling does too.
Close any other programs that use bandwidth or system resources: streaming music or video, internet radio (WBAA online), scanning your computer (Norton or McAfee), and stop file downloading.
Check to see if you have extra USB things plugged into your computer.
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