Advanced Photon Source

An Office of Science National User Facility


Skype software allows you to make and receive audio and video calls over the internet using VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). Use requires the ability to record and playback audio. Skype lets you make free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has the service. It's free and easy to download and use, and it works with most computers. Skype offers global telephony and unlimited voice calls with its next-generation peer-to-peer software.

Skype is supported at the APS with the following client-side configuration changes for Windows and Linux. Users need to point the Skype client to the APS firewall proxy, as shown below, save the change and relaunch Skype:

Unfortunately, the Mac version of Skype still does not allow users to manually specify the proxy or other network settings - it just uses the existing system proxy. For Mac users, the best way to use Skype is to run it from a laptop connected to the APS Guest wireless network.