When it's good it's great; when it's bad it sucks the bucks and who looses more than the students? I now have two disputed lessons because of the terrible Internet connection using Skype.
Anybody else having Internet connection trouble? Let's use itlaki to push the envelope... come on and talk to me. I am an old salty dog. Skype: brian.madden4
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Skype continued failing, with calls dropped every couple of minutes. I kept getting the message from Skype that I had gone offline which could not be. It got so bad I asked a geek friend who indicated a website which checks my connection speed. Bingo. So I called my ISP which is Time Werner and they fixed the problem remotely.
Lesson to all: check the connection and the connection equipment when you get dropped calls. Skype is for high speed connections and if yours is too slow the call will have problems.
I have also noticed that wireless is not well supported by Skype.
I logged on to Skype and it crashed, and every time I logged on it just crashed. If I logged on to a different account everything was fine; it was only my account that crashed Skype. I guess I overwhumped it with so many contacts sending so many files for so many months. The only way was to erase the histories of students and past lessons. Now if I have trouble with Skype the first thing I do is check my Internet connection speed. I use a headset from Logitech which I like, it's better than a webcam with a built in microphone.
I am writing these postings to you, how's it going? There is some point beyond which attempting to give a meaningful lesson via our best buddy, yep... good old Skype, yeah, it becomes a waste of time and frustrating and asking the student to repeat because the connection was bad is a real drag. Sounds a lot like Yike, Skype does, but it crashes so often it's now Yikes. Anyway, there is a point, a line in cyberspace, a limit; if I can't get a good enough connection to help the student and give a lesson worthy of the price the student paid... guess what: you throw in the towel and hope for better next time. I have lost several students due to poor connections and the shortcomings of Skype. I use MSN as backup but hate having to. Happy hunting!
yes, Skype would crash or cannot respone anything sometimes, that time it cannot connect any internet. i feel student/teacher need to install mutiple instance message software, when i cannot connect internet by a IM software, i would use another instead of it, but the problem is your student/teacher has not installed the software in their PC/mobile/xPad, we can only install more IM software to adapt for our student/tearcher.
although i also don't like install mutiple IM software in my PC/Laptop, but the preference is not same for ervery one, Skype, MSN, AIM, all i don't like, i only use Taobao and i also need to learn English, so i can only install the software.. on ther other hand if your student/teacher from China, i advice you can use Taobao(Alibaba.com, Yahoo held it 40% stock), beacuse more 300 millions users in China. ^_^
Sometimes the problem is not skype itself but the poor connection you have. I use Skype a lot and sometimes it behaves strange, yes, but I wouldn't say that's most of the time. Maybe if you have some other programs running on the back (like transfer of files or P2P) it will keep crashing.... but I (so far) haven't found any other IM service that I could like more than Skype.
I would guess that the problem is in the computer, not the Skype.
The easiest thing to do is using the audio not video connection. Also I would recommend to scan computer for viruses, worms and malware; remove all the unnecessory applications running on the background; remove all the toolbars in your browser; check available disk space and install all the available Windows updates.
If the computer is not so powerful you can disable a lot of unnecessory Window services.
If you need more details - yell.
I just installed Google for chatting with video because my students say it's better than Skype. Time will tell!
I tried it today and had a horable video quality. Audio was pretty descent though.
On other hand I've been using Skype for many years and it really rearly lets me down. So I guess I'll stick to Skype for now.
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