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Using Skype 5.2. Conference Calls , Screen Sharing, File Sharing Connect session, April 11. Basics. Free download from Skype-to-Skype calls are free Includes International calls Calls to non-Skype phones: 2.3 cents/minute

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using skype 5 2

Using Skype 5.2

Conference Calls, Screen Sharing, File Sharing

Connect session,

April 11

  • Free download from
  • Skype-to-Skype calls are free
    • Includes International calls
    • Calls to non-Skype phones: 2.3 cents/minute
  • Video is free (disabled on conference calls)
    • Need a good internet connection
    • Paid subscription allows up to 5 people on a video conference call
      • $4.99 day pass, or $8.99/month
      • 7 day free trial available!
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Basics (con’t)
  • 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
    • Don’t all need to be Skype phones
      • You’ll need Skype credit to do so
      • Credit card or Paypal
      • Use it or lose it after 180 days
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Basics (con’t)
  • Need a microphone at minimum
    • You should have a Logitech camera/microphone pod already
    • Contact Ruth Willson to get one
    • Headset gives better sound quality
  • Skype has Instant Messaging, file transfers, screen share too
  • 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 to do up front; Can be done at ay time
setting up camera and microphone
Setting up Camera and Microphone
  • Tools>Options>General to set microphone, speaker, and video source
  • Audio settings
    • Set speakers and microphone settings
  • Video settings
    • Brings up your camera/mike settings dialogue box
    • Set video zoom, position, brightness
    • Take Skype snapshot here too

- turn off camera now -

privacy settings
Privacy settings
  • Tools>Options>Privacy>Advanced
  • Limiting everything to people on your contact list is best option
  • KNOW the people on your contact list
adding contacts
Adding Contacts
  • Contacts>Add a contact
  • It’ll return all possible matches, so you may need to narrow it down
    • Name, Skype name, email, phone #
  • Skype sends a “Contact Request”
  • The contact needs to accept your request before you can call them
importing extension contacts
To import a contact list:
    • Contacts>Advanced>Restore Contacts from file
    • You can also back up your own contacts from this menu
  • Entire Extension contact list available at:
    • Faculty and Staff Resources>Computer Support Resources>Skype Contact list
    • It’s old, but a good starting point
Importing Extension Contacts
  • Select Contact
  • Click Call or Video Call buttons
  • Contact has option to answer with audio or audio/video
  • Click red phone icon to hang up
conference calls
Conference calls
  • On the fly:
    • “Add People” button in the upper right-hand corner
    • 24 maximum
  • Call Initiator needs a GOOD processor
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Conference calls (con’t)
  • Create group beforehand:
    • Contacts>Create New Group
    • Drag contacts into the blue box at top
    • Name the Group
    • It’ll show up in Contacts list at bottom
  • Call Initiator needs a GOOD processor
  • Extras are third party add-ons for Skype
  • Tools>Extras>Get extras
    • Innerpass virtual meeting rooms
      • It’s clunky, hard to navigate, a huge resource hog
      • Free version only allows 3 people
  • Other extras: call recorders, avatars, social networking, games
instant messaging
Instant Messaging
  • IM is useful, particularly when…
    • Someone is trying to configure their sound, or needs help with the call
    • Large group conference call
  • Click the balloon icon
  • Type your message and send
file share screen share
File share, Screen share
  • File and screen share make Innerpass somewhat unnecessary
  • Share>Send File, browse to file
  • Share>Show entire screen