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: I have been using the DLink Skype addapter for a few weeks and it seems to work pretty well. Sometimes I cannot make a call out on it either by direct dialling through Skype or by usuing Skype to iniatate the call but I am not sure if this is a problem with Skype or my computer, my internet connection or the DLink device. I suspect it is the connection between the DLink device and Skype.
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: OK first off I have read practically every review on the internet about this box and all other Voip phone adapater and decided to buy this one because for $9 after rebate you really have nothing to lose. I just want to comment that did follow some instructions that I found in the posts and even spend an hour with a dlink support agent (which was totally useless) but I also had to figure a few things out on my own - which I will share in this post.
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!!!