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Skype PC to iPad Problems

#1
Trying to contact family in the UK via Skype from my Windows 7 PC to their iPad is sending my postal. We get a straight connection once in 20 times, but the rest of the time calls from either end go straight to VM without ringing.

I know that Apple products are universally SHITE and designed and coded by blind, Syphilitic otters with no paws, but is there a fix? I've just wasted 20 mins of my life trying to get a call through. First time is usually OK, but if the line drops then that's when the problems start. Sometimes signing out and then back in again works, but not all time.
 
#3
Use a PC on the other end. iPads, iPhones and iTunes are the work of the devil. So many variables. It could even be taking the hump because iOS updated this week. Make sure the iPad is updated?

Dig up Steve Jobs, rip his head off and shit down his neck. Might work.
 

Guns

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#4
My apple products are fine, both here in Canada and UK. Mind you I've stopped using Skype if I can FaceTime instead. it is much better and has less bandwidth hog.

skype is having a bit of trouble as they swap over Messenger from MS to Skype. Have you tried something else like Google Hangout (you would need a fellow Google gmail caller)

I have had to engineer Skype for family in the Middle East and it was a nightmare with router settings, firewalls and VPNs. If you PM me the set up I might have had the problem before
 
#5
Use a PC on the other end. iPads, iPhones and iTunes are the work of the devil. So many variables. It could even be taking the hump because iOS updated this week. Make sure the iPad is updated?

Dig up Steve Jobs, rip his head off and shit down his neck. Might work.
I so agree with you, Apple products are the work of the Devil.

Where are you?
Hong Kong.JPG

The clue is under 'Location:' :-D

Guns - thanks, I'll PM you tomorrow.
 
#6
Sounds like your set up or ISP might be the problem. My missus can Skype me from her Vista laptop in Afghanistan to my iPad in the UK now that she is using Proxima as her ISP. The video quality is ok from the laptop. It is better when she uses her Kindle Fire HD.
Paradigm Welcome UK deliberately blocks Skype, amongst other things, to save bandwidth. She only has issues when trying at peak times ie early evening in the UK.
Try a different time of day or pay for a better ISP.


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Guns

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#7
One solution I used was a VPN set up to the UK. DIY set ups are feasible but ball braking

I use StrongVPN with a UK out. $89 a year and worth every penny.
 

Schaden

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#11
I used skype for a while but the continual connection problems and crappy line made me give up and I just got a cheapo spare phone and a special rate international sim card from O2 - calls to family overseas run to about £10 a month for me - they did have a bolt on to your existing sim but wasn't such good falue as the stand alone int sim - skype was crap.
 
#12
Skype is a peer-peer network. As such, you are dependent on a number of other Skype users across the world to get from HK to (presumably) UK for the call setup. Additionally, Skype is a loss-maker for the networks whose bandwidth you are using. You are costing them money, without the opportunity for them to gain revenue back from you. They will therefore often de-prioritize Skype traffic and give it the cheapest (ie worst) Quality of Service. This is when the connection drops out, if the QoS becomes too bad for the Skype clients to overcome.

Compounding the problem is that the signalling path between the two endpoints is distributed across many peers, and as such is identical to the way Kazaa used to work, or BitTorrent. You are dependent upon these users maintaining their connection, having a reasonable bandwidth and so on.

If you used a client-server model application (ie not Skype), you would overcome the signalling problem. Likely the end-end bandwidth problem would be improved, due to the network operators having a business relationship with the major providers. This might mean paying for it.

You could buy a Mac, an iPod, an iPhone or an iPad, and use FaceTime. The blind, Syphilitic otters with no paws solved this problem many moons ago.

Erm... might be putting myself in the firing line but I always thought peer-to-peer WAS a direct link a la client/server. That's what differentiated P2P fire-sharing like Limewire or Napster from the distributed network sharing of Torrents.
 

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