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Why would SkypeOut yield poor quality for my listener?

Posted on 2008-10-16
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I am having increasing problems when I speak with someone.  My voice is scambled.  This paricularly true when downloading a torrent.  Yet I can hear the calller perfectly.  I use Roadrunner as my ISP.  Download: 6 MB; Upload: 400 KB.  I also use a wireless router: Linksys WRT56GS.
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by:JasonTracy
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The problem you're having is that you're filling the 400kb outbound, and your voice traffic has the same priority as your torrent traffic.

You'll either need to put QoS on your router or limit the outbound traffic when using a torrent to be under 200k.
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by:niarb_innel
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How do I put QoS on your router?
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If it is a WRT54G, I'd recommend Tomato: http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato

If not, you'll have to see if your router supports QoS and see how to configure it.  QoS isn't something done very easy, but Tomato makes it a little less harsh.
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I have a WRT56GS.
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That will work.  Use tomato router, and then you'll find plenty of resources on how to use QoS with Skype.   Google "tomato router QoS Skype" and you'll find a lot.  The first one on my google seach was: http://gazguzla.com/optimize-tomato-qos/, and it seemed to show you everything you need.

You WILL need to tune how much outbound bandwidth you have assigned in QoS.  Set it too high, and QoS won't kick in.  Set it too low, and QoS will slow down too many things.  It will take time, but keep trying.

Good luck!
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