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Old 08-18-2008, 07:49 PM   #1
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Voice chat (I know, I searched, just haven't found the answer I like)


I am wondering, what program can I use for voice chat?

People seem to consider Skype to be the best in this forum but I kind of disagree. When I talk using Skype, the sound quality is very clear for the first 5~8 minutes or so, but afterward, the connection is basically broken and I heard nothing. Whenever that happens, even if I reconnect, the connection would still be broken.

Correct me if I am worng: I heard from somewhere Skype's sound quality depends on the supernode and that is why the sound quality will degrade over time. MSN's voice talk or file sending is peer-to-peer therefore it can stay on for ever...

So, if I don't like Skype... what can I use for voice talk in Linux? and more importantly, are they P2P like MSN or do they depend on supernode?

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Voice communication on a PC, over the Internet, is like going to the moon, and shouting into an interplanetary megaphone, whatever you wanted to say on the voice chat. If that leaves you undaunted, any of the IM clones would work.
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however I have yet to find a MSN clone that has voice call feature... That's why I am asking if there is a closest substitute
Old 08-19-2008, 10:48 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by AwesomeMachine View Post
Voice communication on a PC, over the Internet, is like going to the moon, and shouting into an interplanetary megaphone, whatever you wanted to say on the voice chat.

Why do you say this? IP telephony has beeen around for more than a decade now....?
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Question Still no solution?

I am also in need of a voice chat solution.

I need to create a cheap and basic pair of always-on voice chat terminals via LAN. Video might be nice, but voice is required.

I'm looking for a very basic solution that will simply stream audio between two computers on a LAN. Does anything like this exist?

I should mention that I tried VLC media player and had no success getting an audio only stream working. It worked with video, but not audio, and the lag in video made it unusable. I also attempted to use mumble, but it seemed that mumble required I set up a murmur server somewhere else on the LAN and that required more equipment and time than I am permitted to put into this project.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.



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