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Using Skype. Connect session , oct 09. Basics. Free download from http://www.skype.com/ Skype-to-Skype calls are free Includes International calls Video is free (disabled on conference calls) Need a good internet connection Conference calls are free: 25 person limit

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Using Skype

Connect session, oct 09


Basics

  • Free download from http://www.skype.com/

  • Skype-to-Skype calls are free

    • Includes International calls

  • Video is free (disabled on conference calls)

    • Need a good internet connection

  • Conference calls are free: 25 person limit

    • Create a group, or add callers on the fly

    • Call originator needs good internet connection and a good computer


Basics

  • IM and file transfers too

  • You should have a Logitech camera and microphone already

    • Headset gives better quality sound (you should have one of those too)

    • Contact Ruth Willson to get one


Setup

  • Download skypesetup.exe and double-click it

  • Create account: name, Skype name, password, email

    • Skype name: Extension convention is first.last followed by last 4 digits of your phone number

    • e.g. jeff.wood2262

  • “Check your sound” button lets you test speaker, microphone, video

    • Good idea to do up front

    • Call “Sound test service” for further testing


Setting up Camera and Microphone

  • Tools>Options>General to set microphone, speaker, and video source

  • Audio settings: uncheck auto-adjust to set volume of mic and speakers

  • Video settings: brings up Logitech settings dialogue box

    • Set video zoom, position, brightness

    • Take Skype snapshot here too

    • To auto-turn on video: Calls>Call settings>Advanced options


Privacy settings

Tools>Options>Privacy

Limit people contacting you to Contacts list or you’ll have a LOT of friends with questionable motives


Adding Contacts

  • Contacts>New contacts

  • Same as Find dialogue box

  • It’ll return all possible matches, so you may need to narrow it down

  • To import a list:

    • Contacts>Advanced>Restore Contacts from file

  • Entire Extension contact list available at:

    • Faculty and Staff Resources>Computer Support Resources>Skype Contact list


Calling

Select Contact

Click Call or Video call buttons

Contact has option to answer with video

Click red phone icon to hang up


Conference calls

  • On the fly:

    • “Add People” button in the upper right-hand corner

    • 24 maximum

    • Call Initiator needs a GOOD processor

  • Create group beforehand:

    • Contacts>Create New Group

    • Drag contacts into the box at top

    • Name the Group

    • It’ll show up in Contacts list


Instant Messaging and File Transfers

  • Conversation>Send

  • Be aware, file transfers are slow

  • IM is useful, particularly when…

    • someone is trying to configure their sound, or needs help with the call

    • Large group conference call


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