• Graham1Graham1 Forumite
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    For anyone looking for a relatively low cost VOIP adapter - so you don't have to keep your computer switched on to make and receive calls - broadbandbuyer are selling the 2 port Linksys PAP2 for £29.99 + postage + VAT (about £42 all in).

    Got mine today and it works fine with both sipphone.com and sipgate.co.uk

    I was not successfull using it with voipbuster.com (audio only travels in one direction - I have the same problem with the softphone on voipbuster.com so I don't think it is a Linksys problem).

    Unlike the version of this adapter sold in the U.S.A. which is tied to the vonage service, the U.K version is the PAP2-NA which is not tied to any particular VOIP provider.

    The only negatives are: (1) they don't provide any adapter for using BT connector style phones, the box just has RJ-11 sockets and I found a RJ-11 to RJ-11 cable I already had didn't work, I had to make up a cable with the correct wiring, and (2) the documentation is very basic and doesn't describe all the options present in the software configuration.

    However, for the price, for a 2 port model I think it is difficult to beat.

    Edit update - I have now got it working with voipbuster.com
  • BarGinBarGin Forumite
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    I've just bought a HandyTone 486 adapter to use with voipbuster.

    I had seen lots of configuration information on the voipbuster forum so was going to refer to that but now when I need it the forum seems to have been deleted from the site!

    Does anyone have one of these gadgets and if so could they advise me how to configure mine please?
  • I downloaded Skype a few months ago and had great success using it just pc to pc for free and able to track the internet at the same time, however recently it has slowed up my use of the internet to dead slow, stop!

    Any ideas as to what the problem might be? using it on a laptop if that helps.
  • fgaughanfgaughan Forumite
    252 Posts
    Hi I have also been trying to get 18866.co.uk and 1899.com working with third party softphones Firefly and X-Lite. I have been using sipgate.co.uk for sending and receiving calls, but I am unable to get either 18866 or 1899 to work despite two days effort and caffine.

    I have also trawled the forums and their is evidence, that it does (did?) work, dated at the beginning of the year. I have tried different software and router configurations, but I am coming to the conclusion that only their own software works
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  • tinalivestinalives Forumite
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  • tinalives wrote:
    Does the internet still run slow when skype isnt running?
    Is it windows xp?
    Do you have a firewall activated?
    Are you running any other internet software, such as file sharing?

    Let me know the answers to the above and I may be able to help.

    Laptop with Skype
    Internet runs incredibly slow so no point in using Skype:rolleyes:
    Windows XP Home
    Firewall activated
    no file sharing (if I knew what that was :o)

    PC with Skype
    Internet runs okay
    Windows XP Business
    Firewall actived
    as above :o

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  • Lexis200Lexis200 Forumite
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    If your AV isn't up-to-date, try going here http://housecall.antivirus.com/housecall/start_frame.asp or http://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx. They are online scanners from reputable AV companies that are free and run over the Internet. The only problem may be that they download around 3Mb of data (the virus definition files), and so if your Internet is slow, it may take ages to download.

    Still worth it IMO, and worth doing from time to time anyway even if you already have AV software installed, just as a "second opinion".

    If you open Skype, click Tools|Options|Advanced and untick "Start Skype when I start Windows", click Save, then reboot your laptop, does the Internet speed up?

    Are you on dialup or broadband? Even dialup should cope with Skype, but if you're on an active call, it will make the bandwidth "available" to surf with very small. As an example, 56Kbps dialup produces around 4.3K per sec under average conditions. You may get slightly more or less depending on line quality and other variances, but 5K is about your max... Skype streams around 3.5K average during a call, and closer to 5K during the actual talking. As you can see, there's not much left in the pipe for surfing! Of course if you're on broadband, there shouldn't be a problem at all!


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  • You are all very kind for posting all these suggestions, just to let you know I haven't tried anything yet :o

    Have wireless linked 512 broadband on both pc and laptop.

    The slowness of internet when using Skype is on the laptop, the dropping of calls on Skype is on the pc. I did just recently run housecall on the laptop but will do it on the pc.
  • Lexis200Lexis200 Forumite
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    Have you got the latest sound card drivers for your machines? Also, are you downloading large files on your laptop whilst trying to make the calls on your PC? That could account for the dropouts. Remember your 512K ADSL line is shared between all connected PCs in the house.

    Another thing to consider (although unlikely) is that someone else is using your wireless router illegally (called wardriving). Do you have security on your router... MAC address access list, WEP/WPA security etc? If not, you're effectively broadcasting to anyone in range that they can use your bandwidth. PM me know if you need any more help with this and I can talk you through the steps required.

    You could try installing DUMeter, which shows you graphically what bandwidth is in use on your machine... http://www.dumeter.com/?LangID=EN. They have a 30-day eval copy you can use. Certainly this will help understanding the laptop problem, as you will be able to see what bandwidth is actually in use whilst using Skype.

    Firstly, try downloading a file, anything at all as long as it's more than 1/2 Meg or so. That will show you what the maximum downloading bandwidth should look like (I'd expect around 59K to 62K of red graph). [NOTE - If it's significantly less that those figures, you either have a problem with your line or PC, someone else is using your bandwidth (see above) or another PC on your network is accessing the Internet at the same time.]

    Start Skype and place a call... you should see 4-5K of yellow graph (yellow means upload and download bandwidth in use simultaneously). Now try downloading another file whilst Skype is still on a call. You should see a combined graph showing both yellow AND red, and the D/L speed should go to 59-62K again. Just to check everything, try sending and email with attachment whilst Skype is running... you should see a combined yellow and green graph, peaking at around 29-32K or so. BTW, all this assumes that nothing else is using your ADSL line at the same time.

    Post back any differences to this thread and I'll see If there's anything else I can suggest.


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