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How To Increase Your Skype Call Quality

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The guys at Labrats have a video up on how to increase the quality of your Skype calls. For both the video-phobic and the work-bound, here's a summary of what they talk about:

1. Set your router to give your Skype PC a static IP address.
2. Open a Skypish port to that static IP.
3. Give this port number to skype.

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4. Set priority to that port over other ports/PCs. Only applicable if you have a router that supports this.

All straightforward stuff that may help you if you're having some quality problems with your Skype calls.

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Watch Video [Labrats via Digg]

Instructions [Labrats]

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mentalhangover-old
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Your ISP gives you a dynamic IP, and your router turns that into 254 local IPs. The local IPs usually start with 192.168.x.x. These cannot be seen from outside of your network. So even if you have a static IP in your local network, your real life IP is dynamic.

That video went on FAAAR too long for something they could have just explained in 5mins.