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Experience Skype to the Max: The Essential Guide to the World’s Leading Internet Communications Platform by Jim Courtney

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Chapter    2

Connecting to Skype at Home and Abroad

Besides a robust Internet connection, you will need to install a Skype client or app and create a Skype account (with an associated Skype profile).

A key feature of Skype is that it provides direct (or peer-to-peer) voice and video connections between Skype call participants over the Internet, bypassing the legacy phone communications networks. Skype converts your audio into digital packets assigned a unique identifier; these packets are then transmitted over the Internet to the other party (or participants) on the call. At the other party’s end, these packets are then converted back into a crystal clear audio signal that can be heard on a headset or speakers. And it’s only because the processors ...

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