Question about Philips VOIP3212 IP Wireless Phone
Hi - due to limited info on this phoone i need to find out if it connects to my wireless router for me to make calls via skype. i have heard that i need to have my PC on to be able to use the Skype function - Is this correct?
i was wanting to purchase the Philips 841 Voip dual dect phone but its out of stock everywhere and now dicontinued. Any advice? I would really appreciate a prompt reply as i'm travelling oversees on Friday and want to take a compatable user friendly dual phone with me.
i'm based in the UK
Yes, this phone is not "stand alone". It must be connected to a USB port of an always on computer. The PC can be connected via a router to the internet. So this phone is fit to travel with, in my humble opinion. The best would be to bring your laptop provided it has a webcamera and microphone. Or alternatively a cheap wired phone like the US Robotics one.
Don't go for the stand alone phones, connecting to hot spots. they don't work well, because of too low bandwidth in the real world.
Many regards, Fred
Posted on Mar 08, 2009
The VOIP321 from Phillips does NOT connect to your wireless router. It requires to be plugged into a USB port on a WINDOWS ONLY desktop computer, which needs to be left on/logged-in with Skype running to send and receive calls. It wont work with Vista either.
Additionally Since Skype Version 188.8.131.52 (Release date: November 19, 2008) and all later versions (including Skype 4 Betas) the software Phillips supply no longer works with Skype and the VOIP321 phone. The latest VOIP321 <a rel='nofollow' href="http://tinyurl.com/6b2xrp" rel="nofollow">driver from their website</a> suffers the same issue, even though it states "The VOIP321 USB Phone Driver V 3.8.3 which can be downloaded from Philips web site is compatible with Skype software version from V2.0.0.x until V3.8.0.x". This is plainly no longer correct with the latest stable release of Skype, V184.108.40.206.
Skype developers are <a rel='nofollow' href="https://developer.skype.com/jira/browse/SPA-599" rel="nofollow">unable to do anything about it</a> and Phillips wont update their driver (Quote "... no more development/fixes are being incorporated into the VOIP321.EXE file"). Phillips would probably rather sell you a newer bit of hardware.
Don't waste your time on Phillips Skype phone devices, as their driver support is lacking when Skype is updated, so you buy a product for a few hundred dollars and it becomes useless 12 months later.
Another reason to not purchase the Phillips Skype phones is that it is Windows Only. No Mac or Linux support or drivers offered.
Posted on Jan 13, 2009
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