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    Skype

    So does anyone use Skype been life saver for me..

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    Re: Skype

    Asterisk here..

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    Re: Skype

    looks interesting..

    The only thing skype seems to ahve over it is skypein and skypeout which can be used to do outgoing and incoming calls from telephone networks... thats very useful for me when phonong abroad as calls are cheaper than BT.

    May run Aterix as well just for completness etc

    Russ

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    Re: Skype

    Have used Skype for quite a while, but only for I'net chat to a mate.

    Haven't used it to/from actual phones - havent needed to.

    Cheers,
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    Re: Skype

    You need some extra hardware (purchasable from Digium, who says you can't make money from open source?) but you can hook up an Asterisk install to the incoming leased line to the school. Typically in a primary school it seems it carries either 2 or 3 phone lines. I've no idea what secondary schools have. I'd expect it just to be more of the same.

    Internally, you can use either softphones on PCs or hardware like this Cisco desk phone.

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    Re: Skype

    got admit using skype for voice is great only time i really have any problem is when calling a normal number to places like japn sometimes quality not good enough.

    But saved me loads on phone bills anyway reason for this thread was mainly been thinking about networking as getting contacts not the rj45 type and what people use to maintain contacts etc.

    As expirment signed up to https://www.linkedin.com/.

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    Re: Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff
    You need some extra hardware (purchasable from Digium, who says you can't make money from open source?) but you can hook up an Asterisk install to the incoming leased line to the school. Typically in a primary school it seems it carries either 2 or 3 phone lines. I've no idea what secondary schools have. I'd expect it just to be more of the same.

    Internally, you can use either softphones on PCs or hardware like this Cisco desk phone.
    Problem is you need voip to telephone provider which is extra cost and then got install and get hardware all setup. I think benafit of skype in some ways all in one and multi location whihc is important to me as would have two have two hardware setups one at work and one at home..

    With skype just install software at work and install at home just make sure one of other is logged in.

    but also can see benafit of having other pc - pc software to use.

    russ

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    Re: Skype

    Our LEA provider blocks the ports for Skype to work, I know that everyone bleats on about how cheap internation calls are, but come on, how many people make lots of international calls anyway!

    Stewart Knight
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    Re: Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by russdev
    With skype just install software at work and install at home just make sure one of other is logged in.
    Just install it on your WiFi PDA - only one setup plus it's portable. The only reason I haven't done this yet is because I don't know anyone else that uses Skype.

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    Re: Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight
    Our LEA provider blocks the ports for Skype to work, I know that everyone bleats on about how cheap internation calls are, but come on, how many people make lots of international calls anyway!

    Stewart Knight
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    quite a lot just nature of some of my work means often have to call states...

    bigist thing is the people being able to call me on it that is major benafitto me so can give them my skype number and if they need to contact me they can.

    russ

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    Re: Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_
    Quote Originally Posted by russdev
    With skype just install software at work and install at home just make sure one of other is logged in.
    Just install it on your WiFi PDA - only one setup plus it's portable. The only reason I haven't done this yet is because I don't know anyone else that uses Skype.
    No wifi pda at moment just normal pda going to buy a wifi unit for it at some point...

    Russ

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    Re: Skype

    I have just skimmed through this so forgive me if I have missed something obvious but..... Would I be able to somehow relay the calls from the office phone line to my PDA ? Is this something asterisk could do?

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    Re: Skype

    well skype could if your pda is powerful enough but would need to pay for skypein which is a number that routes through to your skype client.

    so you would set your phone to redirect to your skypein telephone number and skype software on pda would take call.

    Basicly like if you where redirecing your phone to a mobile number but instead your redirect to skype number.

    Most newer phone systems allow you to redirect calls etc

    Russ

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    Re: Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH
    I have just skimmed through this so forgive me if I have missed something obvious but..... Would I be able to somehow relay the calls from the office phone line to my PDA ? Is this something asterisk could do?
    I don't think that this is possible with Skype since it uses a proprietry protocol.

    If you have a SIP/H.323 phone system and you can find a suitable PDA client, there is no reason why not. Geoff may have an idea since he has been playing with Asterisk.

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    Re: Skype

    I have a HP 5550 Pocket PC which has Inbuilt Wireless , 128meg ram and 400 mhz Processor . So it should be ok spec wise. It does have the ability to record voice so theres a mic in there somewhere as well.
    Would be nice to find a solution like this otherwise maybe another unit capable of this...

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