Skype Speakerphone Is Conference Pro

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2006-10-30 Print this article Print

Review: The Communicator's reception was excellent when used for Skype calls in tests.

Polycoms $129 Communicator speakerphone is a handy device for companies that want to regularly conduct multiperson conferences over Skype. With its two built-in microphones, the Communicators reception was excellent when used for Skype calls in tests.
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The voices of several people clustered within 5 feet of the device could be easily heard by the other parties on the line. Likewise, the speakers sound quality and volume were quite good.

Unfortunately, we could not reproduce the same fidelity when using the device for other VOIP (voice over IP) soft clients. For example, we frequently experienced distortion and feedback when using the Communicator with X-Lite to make a SIP (Session Initiation Protocol)-based call.

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Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at

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