Skype via my switch?

  pjbw 17:32 01 Mar 2012
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I have my Windows 7 PC connected to my switch/broadband modem via an Ethernet cable. I have one Ethernet socket still spare on the switch. What I am considering is connecting a Skype phone (Philips VOIP855 say) via the spare socket and installing Skype on the PC. Then I would have Skype connected for audio calls when the PC is off and I could send files etc when the PC is on. Would this work, or is it not that simple?

  Nontek 20:06 01 Mar 2012

In the absence of any other answers, I would say, one way to find out is to try it!!

  pjbw 18:10 02 Mar 2012

That's possibly what I will finish up doing. Only snag is that the Philips VOIP855 series seems to be the front runner and costs about £120 ! I would hate to have it connected and then find that I cannot access Skype on my PC.

  Nontek 20:05 02 Mar 2012

My guess is that it would work fine - Install Skype first if not already on your PC.

(I use Skype too, on Win7)

  Nontek 20:11 02 Mar 2012

[Home & Skype phones]

Have a look at this .....

http://shop.skype.com/phones/

  Woolwell 22:38 02 Mar 2012
  retep888™ 02:13 03 Mar 2012

I assume the switch you meant is the spare LAN port at the back of your router, as long as the router is on & connected to internet then you can sign in Skype on the Philips VOIP855 after setup & you don't need the PC for configuration.

Quick setup guide click here

  Rob Gibson 08:54 03 Mar 2012

I have Skype running on my desktop which is connected to my router via ethernet. I also have a Skype Dualphone connected to the same router via ethernet. Both are on and logged in on the same account at the same time. I can call out on either, and when a call comes in both ring and I can answer either. With one in use I can still use the other for calls. The phone will not handle file transfers though.

  pjbw 18:47 03 Mar 2012

Thank you Rob, That answers my question.

  Rob Gibson 18:58 04 Mar 2012

Good, thanks for letting me know.

Additionally, I have an iPod touch connected by wireless. So, that's three devices all logged in on the same account at the same time. It's all very clever. I just wish I knew more about how it all works!

  Rob Gibson 19:02 04 Mar 2012

Thanks for letting me know.

I also have an iPod Touch connected by wireless, so that's three devices logged-in at the same time on the same account! It's all very clever, and I wish I understood how it does it! Anyway, it all works.

Regards,

Rob.

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