[asterisk-users] switching from SIP to Skype..or not

Ron Wheeler rwheeler at artifact-software.com
Fri Mar 13 10:08:15 CDT 2015

On 12/03/2015 10:21 AM, Bryant Zimmerman wrote:
> Hey all
> We have been working with SIP for years. It has the potential to be 
> better than Skype. It is really all in the implementation.
> Not all SIP soft clients are equal nor are the networks and computers 
> they are running on.
> I will not bash Skype. We have tested it and in most cases choose not 
> to use it. It has it's place and is good for the user that meets it's 
> specific target demographic.  SIP is a sold communications protocol 
> that can communication with codecs of differ audio and video quality 
> levels, and supports industry standard software and hardware endpoints.
> With SIP you get to choose how good your quality is. With Skype 
> Microsoft does.
> It comes down to what do you want to achieve, how much resource do you 
> want to put in to it, and are you committed to a bit more work for a 
> lot more options and better quality, or do you want a quick and easy 
> solution with differing limits. Both solutions have their place.  To 
> me SIP vs Skype is like complaining apples and carrots do you want 
> fruit or veggies you get to choose.
> You can choose to agree or disagree with my statements. I hope they 
> are useful to some.
> Thanks
> Bryant
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From*: "Ron Wheeler" <rwheeler at artifact-software.com>
> *Sent*: Thursday, March 12, 2015 9:40 AM
> *To*: asterisk-users at lists.digium.com
> *Subject*: Re: [asterisk-users] switching from SIP to Skype..or not
> Your characterization may be true but Skype works much better than SIP
> when it comes to sound quality.
> I have SIP softphone with Asterisk server and Skype on the same
> workstation.
> Skype just works better over the same network.
> Ron
> On 12/03/2015 9:26 AM, A J Stiles wrote:
> > On Thursday 12 Mar 2015, Thufir wrote:
> >> I'm testing Asterisk at home, crummy connection. Skype works fine for
> >> me, but every SIP client, even without using Asterisk, fails to 
> connect.
> >> That's ok.
> >>
> >> Is swapping out SIP for Skype a big deal?
> > Stay away from Skype! It is a toxic, proprietary product. The lack of
> > interoperability by design is the antithesis of what a telecommunication
> > system should be about -- and the extent to which they have gone to 
> thwart any
> > attempt at interoperability is truly shocking.
> >
> > For connecting two Asterisk installations to each other over the 
> Internet, IAX
> > is better than SIP -- that's what it was designed for.
> >
> --
> Ron Wheeler
> President
> Artifact Software Inc
> email: rwheeler at artifact-software.com
> skype: ronaldmwheeler
> phone: 866-970-2435, ext 102
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