Summary: There are some things a potential purchaser needs to know. 1. D-Link is no longer supporting the product and has not to date come out with a replacement product. 2. It does not support a 64 bit OS, you must use 32bit XP or 32 bit Vista to use the drivers currently available for the product. 3. Because it uses Skype, it has to use international dialing code, so on every call you dial (in the US for a US number) 01+area code+7 digit phone number.
Summary: This works great. However, DO NOT use the software that comes with the device. In addition, follow the directions below. (these directions were posted by someone else and they worked perfectly for me) 1. Download and install skype. I recommend getting one of the monthly plans and buying 12 months because you get 25% off [...] 2. Go to dlink website and download newest drivers - see instructions above. (DO NOT YET INSTALL) 3. open dph-50u box and discard CD.
Summary: It might have worked just great...if I didn't have XP with Service Pack 3. After searching the Skype forums (because D-Link's call center is in India, and I could barely understand the rep), I found out this only works with Service Pack 2. If you have Vista, you might be OK. I'm now searching for another adapter or will just get a USB phone.
Summary: I only paid $20 for this product, but it has many shortcomings. The biggest shortcoming being it drops call frequently. Pros: Installation was simple. Install the drivers, plug up the hardware, and Skype immediately recognizes the device for use. You can call out and receive calls using an ordinary land line phone as advertised. Cons: Experience dropped calls usually within 5 minutes of call. No drivers for Windows Vista 64.
Summary: Third update, Feb 24, 2010. It was good while it lasted, but Windows 7 put the kibosh on using this device. After researching a bit, I found that a similar device, the Zoom, has a 64-bit driver so I thought there was nothing to lose by trying it. Well, turns out I was wrong. Not only did it not work on Windows 7, apparently (according to DLink's tech support), even installing the driver corrupted the firmware on the adapter, so when I tried to reconnect to my XP...
Works Great, Easy Install- I take it Back - unit stopped working
25 March 2009
Summary: See updated review - can't change the rating to 1 star but it should be... Easy install and quick setup. I already had a Skype account so this was ready to go in 15 minutes. I attached an old phone and the sound quality is fabulous. Much better than the laptop speaker/mic setup I had been using. Now that I know this works I might consider upgrading my router to accept a unit that does not require my computer to be on. What a short honeymoon!!!
Summary: I am using the DPH-50U to connect my cordless phone to my PC so that I can use Skype-In and Skype-Out as a VOIP service. As long as you follow the instructions with the device (which are simple and straight forward) it is a snap to install. An interesting feature of this box is you can also hook up your regular telephone line to it (I don't have one so I cant comment on this too much) and then "choose" whether to place your outbound calls over the PC via Skype or on the...
Summary: This adapter works perfect, higly recommended. Just be careful if installing with Vista, do not even try to use the supplied cd because it will cause your computer to crash -- this happen to my 2 laptops and in one it produced total system failure having to reinstall from scratch the OS and all drivers. If you are installing on Vista, be sure to download first the software for Vista from [...] and your system will install it nice and smooth.