Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Rookie
    Points: 7,766, Level: 26
    Level completed: 36%, Points required for next Level: 384
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran5000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    NE Iowa
    Posts
    446
    Points
    7,766
    Level
    26
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    International communication

    Hey, the daughter is in Central America for the summer. We were thinking we should install Skype so we could visit with her.
    Question 1: Is Skype the best option out there?
    Question 2: What do I need to make Skype work?
    ? Skype credit?
    ? Headphones?

    Thanks.



  2. #2
    Speechless
    Points: 452,425, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 28.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialRecommendation Second ClassVeteran50000 Experience PointsOverdrive
    brianhos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Trenchtown
    Posts
    39,689
    Points
    452,425
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 249
    Given: 35

    Re: International communication

    Headphones and a microphone.

    Skype or Yahoo are both good choices. Both are dirt cheap. I would use them to just IM each other most of the time, that is free.


    They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin 1775

  3. #3
    Starter
    Points: 12,866, Level: 34
    Level completed: 31%, Points required for next Level: 484
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points
    Psyclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    684
    Points
    12,866
    Level
    34
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 2

    Re: International communication

    It's been a couple of years since I played around with it, so things may have changed. If you both install Skype it is a pretty good way to go. I know international businesses that have used with great success.

    When I was playing around with it, I bought the device in the link below. It allows you to use your existing phones, although you will need to keep a computer running. I connected the base station for my wireless phone and you could make Skype or regular calls from any of the wireless phones. There may be better devices now that you can investigate. But I'd get it installed first before moving on to the accessories.

    At the time I was messing with it, I thought it would be ideal if they had a device that connected directly to your network rather than via a computer's USB port, but it would then have to be a bit smarter than the linked device. Computers don't recover from power outages gracefully, so it needs to be checked periodically to make sure it's still running.

    Skype USB Phone Adapter - DPH-50U by D-Link



  4. #4
    Starter
    Points: 12,866, Level: 34
    Level completed: 31%, Points required for next Level: 484
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran10000 Experience Points
    Psyclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    684
    Points
    12,866
    Level
    34
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 2

    Re: International communication

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry1982 View Post
    Hey, the daughter is in Central America for the summer. We were thinking we should install Skype so we could visit with her.
    Question 1: Is Skype the best option out there?
    Question 2: What do I need to make Skype work?
    ? Skype credit?
    ? Headphones?

    Thanks.
    1. Probably. They've been around a long time. Many ex-patriots us it to call home. If you both install Skype, you have nothing to lose by checking it out. Skype to Skype is free and works just like an Internet Messenger, but with voice and video capability.

    2. Install the software both on your computer and hers, speaker, microphone.

    3. No Skype credit required for Skype to Skype calls. It's free as long as both of you have Skype installed. If you are planning to use Skype only at your end to a regular phone at the other end, there are charges involved and you will probably want to set up an account. I'm not sure if "Skype Out" calls are cheap. You can check rates to the particular country.

    4. No headphones required. Your computer speakers are adequate unless you want privacy. Also need a microphone. You can add a camera later if you want video.

    You probably will need to coordinate a time window of when you are going to call so the daughter will have her computer on. If you both routinely use the computer on a daily basis, you can see when each other are online by checking the Skype messenger, just like any of the other messengers.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: Fox Sports 1
  • Iowa State vs. Kansas State
  • September 6, 2014
  • 11:00 AM