Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



973 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 10


Topic # 94384 9-Dec-2011 15:43 Send private message

Does anyone know what the data overhead is for a skype video call? Is it device dependent ie phone tablet etc?
Thanks.

Create new topic
2418 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 252

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 556046 9-Dec-2011 19:33 Send private message

Its about 1 megabit per second if the connection is good.

We used to be able to enable HD video by an ini file setting, but over the last couple of years, if you have the bandwidth avaliable and an HD camera, skype will use it.

In our testing about 2 years ago, skype used about 500mb per hour. On a low res camera it wont use HD resolutions though so that will save you some bandwidth.  
This has probably increased as they raised their HD resolution.


Had to work this out for a company with roaming technicians fixing commercial overns and kitchen equipment. The techs had T-sticks and eee laptops so they could skype another technician and use an HD web cam so the other technician in another part of the city could give advice if they were an expert on the particular model of machine.




Ray Taylor
Taylor Broadband (rural hawkes bay)
www.ruralkiwi.com

There is no place like localhost
For my general guide to extending your wireless network Click Here






973 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 10


  Reply # 556065 9-Dec-2011 20:21 Send private message

So about 8 Mb a minute? Half a gig an hour? No wonder my data cap keeps getting blown away.

20600 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2050

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Subscriber

  Reply # 556090 9-Dec-2011 20:54 Send private message

Depends entirely on the hardware - there is no simple answer.

Skype will adjust the bandwidth settings depending on the camera type and bandwidth available to always optimise the picture.

Your best bet is to look at the Skype site and see what they say: https://support.skype.com/en-us/faq/FA1417/How-much-bandwidth-does-Skype-need

2418 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 252

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 556126 9-Dec-2011 22:02 Send private message

Yeah, remember its two way.

Also note that if you are not behind a NAT firewall, and skype is running, it will relay traffic - skype uses p2p to send traffic around the globe for those that are behind firewalls so even though you may not be talking, it can still use quite a bit of traffic sitting in the task tray.




Ray Taylor
Taylor Broadband (rural hawkes bay)
www.ruralkiwi.com

There is no place like localhost
For my general guide to extending your wireless network Click Here




Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Slowest internet in central auckland (8mbit down/ 0.5mbit up) with no upgrade until 2018
Created by jords12, last reply by quickymart on 25-Feb-2015 21:50 (42 replies)
Pages... 2 3


The debate over foreign drivers and testing
Created by timmmay, last reply by BlakJak on 26-Feb-2015 18:10 (64 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Smoke billows from Auckland mall after "explosion" - Westfield West City
Created by freitasm, last reply by gzt on 27-Feb-2015 12:20 (23 replies)
Pages... 2


LG G Watch R Friday 13 Special $130
Created by throbb, last reply by loceff13 on 23-Feb-2015 17:27 (260 replies)
Pages... 16 17 18


So, what made you join geekzone?
Created by DarthKermit, last reply by joker97 on 27-Feb-2015 12:16 (45 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Potential car mechanical insurance dispute
Created by Jeeves, last reply by gregmcc on 26-Feb-2015 17:25 (22 replies)
Pages... 2


The Evil that is ISIS
Created by networkn, last reply by Athlonite on 27-Feb-2015 00:52 (200 replies)
Pages... 12 13 14


Has my desktop got Wi-Fi?
Created by beenz, last reply by dclegg on 26-Feb-2015 15:43 (19 replies)
Pages... 2



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.