Cordless Skype Phone Kit NON VISTA
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- Complete cordless Internet phone solution for Skype
- Connects Skype to Skype
- Connects Skype to regular phone lines (with SkypeOut service)
- Connects regular phone lines to Skype (with SkypeIn service)
- Plug and dial easy to install and easy to use
- Expandable up to 4 handsets with a single base station
- Intercom support allows talk between multiple handsets
- Built-in speakerphone in handset
- Graphical color LCD display with status indicators
- Superior sound quality
- Voice encryption for maximum security
- 120 hours standby time, 10 hours talk time
- Base station with USB connection to connect to your PC
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Of course, the Handset supports SkypeOut dialing as well as your Skype contact list. It rings when you have a Skype or SkypeIn call coming in, and shows the caller's ID on the screen. The Handset also supports call waiting and Skype's optional Voicemail service. When you're on a call, you can hit the Mute button for privacy, or use the speakerphone function to let everyone join in. You can even use the phone as an intercom -- each Base Station supports up to four Handsets. In short, the Linksys Cordless In
Get cordless handset convenience when you use Skype! Now you don't have to sit in front of your computer when you want to talk to your friends. The Linksys Cordless Internet Telephony Kit comes with the Handset and its charger, and a USB Base Station that plugs into your computer. With the included Skype program running on your PC, the Handset can read and display your contact list on its built-in illuminated display. Just choose who you want to talk to from the menu, press a button, and get ready to talk.
Of course, the Handset supports SkypeOut dialing as well as your Skype contact list. It rings when you have a Skype or SkypeIn call coming in, and shows the caller's ID on the screen. The Handset also supports call waiting and Skype's optional Voicemail service. When you're on a call, you can hit the Mute button for privacy, or use the speakerphone function to let everyone join in. You can even use the phone as an intercom each Base Station supports up to four Handsets.
In short, the Linksys Cordless Internet Telephony Kit gives you all the functionality of a regular phone, through Skype. You'll get the convenience of a cordless phone and all its features, plus the highquality voice reception that you get from Skype on your PC, without being tied to your computer.
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Top Customer Reviews
Open the box, and you get the handset, two rechargeable AAA batteries, a mains charger + plastic stand, a belt hook for the phone and a smallish USB box, about the size of a packet of cigarettes.
The handset is very lightweight, but the buttons are a good size and the LCD display's very reasonable. A better indication of when the phone's charging on its base would be nice, though.
As I already had a SKYPE account on my PC (if you don't the set-up on the CD prompts you through the download and install), the phone set up is really easy.
1. Insert the batteries into the phone and charge for 14 hours.
2. Run the CD to set up the simple software. (Don't plug in the USB device until you've installed the drivers - despite what the CD says).
3. When set up has finished, plug in the USB pack and it should be recognised.
4. (Again the CD makes no mention of this) Reboot your PC. Until I did this, I couldn't get the phone to work. Once I rebooted, the linksys phone app started, this in turn started Skype, and that was pretty much it.
Once the phone was connected and up and running, I could browse my Skype contacts, and also my Skype Out numbers on the phone's LCD screen. I could easily add new numbers from either the PC or the phone.
Call quality, both skype-skype (free) and skype-landline (just over 1p per minute) seemed good, and the range enabled me to go from one end of my flat to the other with no fizzing or loss of quality.
It would have been nice for this phone to also function on a normal subscriber line, especially for the price, and that's why it's lost a star from my rating, but if you've got broadband and want cheap (or in some cases free) phone calls, this appears to be a good product.
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-Can control Skype from your handset
-Sound quality is excellent
-Range is very good
-Interacts perfectly with the Skype system
-Headset port fits basically any basic headset that uses a dual-plug
-No manual, so a lot of features you'll only discover via experimentation
-Even when silenced it still has keytones, and a sound when placed in the cradle again
-Battery level is a little hit and miss
-Doesn't give the correct times for people on their profiles based on location; just gives your local time
All in all, the pros really do outweigh the cons, so this is a solid 4 star product.
OS - Windows XP Media Center Edition (Probobly the same config if XP Home or Pro
Create a new user account (suggested name Start) and make local administrator
Install Latsest Skype client if you have not already done so and configure to logon automatically and configure to NOT set to offline after inactivity
Logon as this user and install software from supplied CD
Configure Skype to use sound device linksys CIT200
Goto control panel and Sounds Speech and Audio Devices - Click sounds and audio devices - Ensure that Audio settings and Voice settings (tabs) are configured to use CIT200) and set volume (Volume tab) for High)
Logout then logon in turn as everyother user on your computer and set the sounds settings in control panel (as above) to your local speakers and microphone. - INPORTANT - I found that settings change after hitting 'Apply' or 'OK' - make sure settings are saved correctly or audio from/to CIT200 will redirect to wrong place.
Configure your computer to automtically logon as the 'Start' user you created (see Microsoft KB for more info).
Use a specific Skype account that you ONLY use for the 'Start' account.Read more ›
BUT - as a skype only phone it excels. The most surprising thing was the range. I walked all around a 10,000 sq ft warehouse with racking in place and reception was excellent. It only began to drop out when I walked to the furtherest end of the store (about 70m) that it became very patchy. The Cisco branded charging base station just adds to the feeling of reliability and quality. At this price (£36) you will be very pleased.
Incidentally, if you are looking for a dual phone, the Siemens SL565 is just stunning, but at £100+ not suitable for warehouse use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A friend bought me the skype phone for an early Christmas present. I have to say, it far exceeds my expectations and I am thrilled with it. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2007 by Christina Terry
On Skype it seems to work well: a little bit of configuration to enable PC Speakers to be used for everything else whilst phone only uses its own mic/speakers. Read morePublished on 11 April 2007 by John Eastwood
I just needed a cordless Kype phone to replace my normal one.
it seemed a good chice and everything is fine UNLESS you want to be able to still use your PC speaker... Read more
We bought this after a friend had successfully purchased the same phone. So far its been great however the software that came with the phone wasn't up to date and we had some... Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2006 by J. E. Fowler
Good hardware and when it works, meets the manufacturers spec.
The software is poor, probably rushed out, have a look at Linksys and Skype forums for the problems... Read more
I agree with the other reviewers comments that generally this is an easy to use phone with Skype.
My only reservation is that this phone can only be used with Skype,... Read more
As a cordless phone, this does exactly what it says on the tin. The installation was easy; contrary to another review here, it's not flimsy; and although there is no LED to... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2006 by Mr. Andrew Terry