Skype Me! From Single User to Small Enterprise and Beyond

Skype Me! From Single User to Small Enterprise and Beyond

1st Edition - October 1, 2005

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  • Author: Markus Daehne
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080489711

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This book is divided into four parts. Part I begins with several chapters on the basics of Skype. Here the reader learns how to install and configure Skype on several platforms including Windows, Max OSX, Linux, and PocketPC. The reader will also learn how to begin making voice over IP calls immediately. Part II deals with the more advanced features of Skype. Here the reader learns how to use Skype on new “Skype Ready” cell phones, use Skype for more advanced, business-oriented tasks such as scheduling and file transfers, as well as using SkypeOut. Part III discusses how to integrate Skype with third party networking, communication, and security devices such as routers, firewalls, and mail servers, as well as using the brand new Skype for Business. Part IV covers the Skype Application Programming Interface, Plug-ins, Add-ons, and third party tools. Here the reader learns to develop and customize their own applications using the new, powerful, Skype API.

Key Features

* Skype has over 70,000,0000 users worldwide, and 13 forums with over 25,000 members
* Skype's Application Programming Interface (API) allows users to develop their own applications and customize Skype with the information found in this book
* Makrus Daehne is one of the most recognized and respected authorities on Skype and he is the forum moderator on the Skype Web site


This is the first book published on Skype would be a guide for developers, power users, and early adopters.

Table of Contents

  • Instructions for online access


    Syngress Acknowledgments

    Lead Author and Technical Editor

    Technical Editor

    Contributing Authors

    Foreword Contributor


    Part I: Getting Started with Skype

    Chapter 1: An Overview of Skype

    What Is All the Hype about Skype?

    What Are VoIP, Voice Chat, or Voice Calls?

    Skype Architecture (Basic)

    Peer-to-Peer Technology (Basic)

    Peer-to-Peer Conferencing (Basic/Advanced)

    Skype Options (Basic)

    Skype Security (Basic)

    Chapter 2: Installing Skype

    Requirements to Make Voice Calls (Basic and Advanced)

    Connection Types

    Testing Your Existing Setup

    Installing Skype for Windows

    Installing Skype for Pocket PC

    Installing Skype for Mac OS X

    Installing Skype for Linux

    Chapter 3: Getting Started Using Skype

    Signing Up As a User

    Adding or Searching for Contacts

    Starting a Chat

    Making a Test Call

    Making Your First Call

    Inviting Others to Join Skype

    Setting Your Status

    Basic Options

    Chapter 4: Basic Features of Skype

    Selecting or Changing Your Language

    Understanding Skype’s Status Icons

    Using Chat or Instant Messaging

    Handling File Transfers

    Making Voice Calls

    Managing Contacts

    Importing Contacts

    Chapter 5: Common Uses for Skype

    Talking with Family and Friends for Free or Low Cost

    Lower-Cost Long Distance

    Alternative to Plain Old Instant Messaging

    Running Multiple
    Instances of Skype on One System

    Part II: Taking Skype to the Next Level

    Chapter 6: Advanced Features of Skype

    Advanced Settings

    Advanced Architecture

    Advanced Peer-to-Peer Technology



    Other Advanced Topics

    Chapter 7: Software Add-ons for Skype

    Expanding Skype’s Capabilities

    Voice Mail

    Recording Skype Calls

    Integrating with Outlook

    SMS Text Messaging

    Forwarding Your Skype Calls


    Skype Web Toolbars

    Other Plug-ins

    Chapter 8: Hardware Add-ons for Skype

    How to Use This Chapter

    Headsets, Microphones, and Speakers

    Telephone Gateways

    Telephone Adapters

    Speaker Phones

    Other Hardware

    Chapter 9: Getting the Most out of Skype

    Using Skype without Sitting at Your Computer

    Using Skype with Your Local and Long Distance Phone Service

    Making Video Calls with Skype

    Chapter 10: Being Mobile with Skype

    Using Skype with Your Laptop

    Using Skype with Pocket PCs

    Using Skype with Wireless Pocket PCs

    USB Phones for the Mobile Traveler

    Finding WiFi Hotspots

    Part III: Implementing Skype in an Enterprise Environment

    Chapter 11: Setting Up Skype in the Workplace

    A Word about SIP and H.323

    Skype Architecture


    Performance Considerations

    Chapter 12: Business Uses for Skype

    Help Desks

    WiFi Phones

    Callto: Tricks

    Other Uses

    A Word about Security

    Chapter 13: Skype Firewall and Network Setup

    A Word about Network Address Translation and Firewalls

    What You Need to Know about Configuring Your Network Devices

    Ports Required for Skype

    Using Proxy Servers and Skype

    How to Block Skype in the Enterprise

    Part IV: Customizing Skype

    Chapter 14: The Skype API

    What Is the Skype API?

    The Skype API for Windows

    The Skype API for Mac OS X

    The Skype API for Linux

    The Skype API for SkypeNet

    The Skype API for SkypeWeb

    Some Simple API Tricks

    Part V: Skype in the Future

    Chapter 15: Future Skype-Enabled Devices

    Skype Routers (ATAs)

    Skype-Enabled Telephones

    Skype WiFi Telephones

    Skype-Enabled Cell Phones

    Skype USB Telephones

    Skype PBX Gateways

    A Skype Wish List


Product details

  • No. of pages: 350
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Syngress 2005
  • Published: October 1, 2005
  • Imprint: Syngress
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080489711

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