Skype Me! From Single User to Small Enterprise and Beyond - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781597490320, 9780080489711

Skype Me! From Single User to Small Enterprise and Beyond

1st Edition

Authors: Markus Daehne
eBook ISBN: 9780080489711
Paperback ISBN: 9781597490320
Imprint: Syngress
Published Date: 1st October 2005
Page Count: 350
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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



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Markus Daehne

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