Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Sometimes using a wired headset for voip (voice over internet protocol) can really be a pain. The cords are short, you can't move about very far before disturbing the connection and basically you are "chained" to the desk when using one.
Wireless headsets are an option, providing hands free use but they also have their bad points too! The ear covers are large and can get sweaty after long periods of time. Some headsets are bulky and resemble "ear muffs" which limit your hearing in the space around you. Canceling out background noise is a good thing, but it can also be dangerous. Not to mention they weigh a lot when compared to a regular telephone headset.
Ever wish you could use something like the bluetooth from your cell phone to get the best of both worlds? Well, now you can! Even when your computer does not support bluetooth technology.
As long as your computer has a free usb port, enabling bluetooth technology may be as simple as purchasing an adapter from your local department store.
I/O Gear has a bluetooth adapter that works great for this purpose and I bought one for less than $20.00. You buy the adapter, install the software and plug it in to your usb port. When the computer recognizes the adapter, turn on your bluetooth headset and put it into pairing mode. I have a Plantronics Voyager Pro bluetooth headset and all I had to do was press and hold the power button until the red & blue lights began to blink and the pc picked up the signal just fine!
Once you pair your bluetooth with your pc, answering a call using Ayaya is a snap! The adapter provides 300 to 550 feet of wireless reception which gives me plenty of room to move about while using VOIP services. The bluetooth weighs nothing on my ear compared to the larger wireless headsets and the reception using the I/O Gear adapter is wonderful! I answer calls by tapping the tiny button on the bluetooth and hang up using the same motions.
I would reccomend using this method to anyone who works from home using their computer for voice over internet applications.
Posted by Kandi Cook on
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