Things to check and plan for when getting ready to connect via Skype for Virtual LiquidBody Classes and Workshops

 

Sending Skype Name and Accepting Connection Request

Send your Skype name so I can send you a connection request in advance of the class or workshop.  That way at the time of the call I can add you to the Group Video Call for the class or workshop you reserved space in at least 24 hours in advance.  Then be on the lookout for the Connection Request from me ~ LiquidBodyArts and accept it.

 

Connection Speed

Your connection speed will affect how many people can be on the call.  If you connection will support 7+ people, we won’t need to do anything special.  If it is slower than 4Mbps download/ 28kbps upload speed, let me know (via email at caryn@LiquidBody.org or skype message) so I can arrange to use more than one computer to connect.  That way I can have you on a separate connection that will not limit the whole group.  Here are the speeds and their respective capacities in terms of connectivity:

 

How much bandwidth does Skype need?

The bandwidth required by Skype depends on the type of calls you want to make. The table below provides the minimum download and upload speeds required, as well as the recommended speeds for best performance.

Call type

Minimum download 

/ upload speed

Recommended download 

/ upload speed

Calling

30kbps / 30kbps

100kbps / 100kbps

Video calling /

Screen sharing

128kbps / 128kbps

300kbps / 300kbps

Video calling 

(high-quality)

400kbps / 400kbps

500kbps / 500kbps

Video calling

(HD)

1.2Mbps / 1.2Mbps

1.5Mbps / 1.5Mbps

Group video

(3 people)

512kbps / 128kbps

2Mbps / 512kbps

Group video

(5 people)

2Mbps / 128kbps

4Mbps / 512kbps

Group video

(7+ people)

4Mbps / 128kbps

8Mbps / 512kbps

 

Recommended Computer and Mobile Connection Requirements

For a Skype connection ~ voice and messaging ~ the requirements are:

  • an internet connection – broadband is best
  • speakers and a microphone – built-in, separate or headphones (even better with an extension like this from Radio Shack)
  • a webcam to make video calls or your computer’s or mobile device’s built-in camera
  • the Skype application

You can use Skype on the following platforms:

Platform Latest versions
Windows Skype 6.21 for Windows Desktop, Skype 3.1 for modern Windows
Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 Skype 2.22 for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1
Xbox One Skype 1.8 for Xbox One
Mac Skype 7.1 for Mac
Linux Skype 4.3 for Linux
Android Skype 5.0 for Android
iPhone Skype 5.7 for iPhone
iPad Skype 4.18 for iPad
iPod touch Skype 5.7 for iPod Touch
Nokia X Skype 4.9 for Nokia X
Amazon Fire Phone Skype 4.9 for Amazon Fire Phone
Amazon Kindle Fire HD/HDX Skype 4.9 for Amazon Kindle Fire HD/HDX
Amazon Fire HD Tablet Skype 5.0 for Amazon Fire HD tablet
BlackBerry 10 Skype 4.9 for BlackBerry 10
TVs and Blu-ray devices Depends on the device
PS Vita Skype 1.0 for PS Vita

 

For HD Quality Group Video Calling these are Skype’s recommended minimum computer requirements:

HardwareMinimumRecommended
CPU1 GHzAt least 1.8 GHz
Graphics card32 MBAt least 64 MB
Memory256 MBAt least 512 MB

If your system is not that robust, Skype will autosense the highest quality that you can get and step down the call to what is possible.  An HD image is not necessary, and even audio only will still work well.

Each person on a group video call will need:

Depending on the number of people you are calling, your computer will also need to meet the following requirements (don’t worry, most modern computers at least meet the minimum requirements):

3-way group video

Minimum Recommended
CPU 1GHz Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz
Graphics card 64 MB 128 MB
Memory 512 MB 1 GB

5-way group video

Minimum Recommended
CPU 2GHz Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz
Graphics card 64 MB 128 MB
Memory 512 MB 1 GB

7-way group video

Minimum Recommended
CPU Core 2 Duo 2.5GHz Intel i7
Graphics card 128 MB 256 MB
Memory 1 GB 2 GB

 

 

 

Mobile Device Limitations

If you connecting with iPad 2 or later:

The latest version of Skype for iPad supports:

  • Instant messaging
  • Skype-to-Skype calling
  • Calling mobiles and landlines
  • Receiving Skype calls and calls to Skype Numbers
  • Participating in group voice calls
  • SMS text messaging
  • Sending photos
  • Call forwarding
  • Contact list filtering via lists
  • Voice Messaging
  • Video Messaging
  • Video calling (as the first generation iPad doesn’t have a camera, you can only receive video calls)
  • Two-way HD Video (iPad Mini Retina and iPad Air)
  • Importing contacts from your iPad contacts
  • Merging your Skype account with your Microsoft account
  • Connecting to Bluetooth devices (excluding first generation iPad)

The following features are not currently supported:

  • Group video calling
  • Starting a group voice call
  • Showing favorite contacts
  • Screen sharing*

*You can’t share your screen with your contacts but they can share their screen with you during a one to one video call.

So, when reserving a space if you plan on connecting via mobile, let me know in advance (via email at caryn@LiquidBody.org or skype message) so i can prepare for a one-to-one call with you from one of my mobile devices.

 

You can’t start a group video call in Skype for mobile devices, Linux, and TVs; however, you can participate in it (with audio only).