Currently, I’m on the market for some sort of “phone over the internet” type deal to keep me connected with my parents and friends back home while I’m at school. Obviously, the first name that popped into my head was Skype, but the school I’m at doesn’t allow it. Can anyone recommend me an alternative system?
Windows Live Messenger works fine as well, provided your parents and friends also have it. The good thing about Skype is that you can call a normal telephone, I’m not sure if Google and Messenger do that.
MagicJack. Ignore the horrible infomercials and just go get one at Radio Shack.
The thing actually works … smaller than a pack of cigarettes, set it up on your computer, choose an area code, and then you can plug it in to any computer anywhere in the world and have a local number for your family and friends to call.
Skype works exactly like P2P and the client you run tries to become a superpeer. That is, it tries to open a port and begins routing phone calls for other users. Ive verified this once by unblocking skype on the firewall and watched the internet activity with netmon. After a few minutes skype was using my computer as kind of a centralized switch for about 3 or 4 phone calls. Using netmon I could close the connections and end these phone calls.
Thats kinda a security nightmare, not to mention a waste of bandwidth. End users shouldnt be running servers. On top of it, a lot of governments dont like skype because it uses encrypted phone calls, thus they cant snoop it and have a lot of trouble tracing it. The trace usually ends at the guy acting as a superpeer.
So maybe DoD would let you use something else. Youre best asking the helpdesk there.