The Skype plugin is a bit like the HomeSeer phone plugin. Instead of using an analog telephone line and a voice modem, you need a Skype voice over IP account, and the Skype Client running in the same session as HomeSeer.
With the Skype plugin, your Homeseer computer can place and answer calls, can play and record wav files, speak and recognize DTMF tones... but you don't need any voice or analog modem ! You can build all kinds of interactive menus using the HomeSeer VB.NET scripting engine, and interact with HomeSeer devices the way you like. The skype_home_control.vb script shows how to turn ON/OFF HomeSeer devices, or get HomeSeer device status.
You can also fully control HomeSeer from Skype Instant Messages, and get realtime HomeSeer log forwarding to your Skype Client.
You can also send SMS text messages to any mobile phone, and follow SMS delivery status.
Skype Voice over IP Features:
- Supports inbound and outbound calls from/to any Skype Voice over IP Client.
- Supports outbound calls to any PSTN phone as long as you have enough Skype Credit
- Supports inbound calls from any PSTN phone as long as you subscribed to Skype-In
- Text to speech
- Playing and recording wav files
- DTMF recognition
- Integration with HomeSeer contact-list (Names, phone numbers, ring count before answer, announce caller, hangup on this caller)
- Caller-id announcements through HomeSeer Speaker.
- Integration with homeseer phone mailbox (leaving a message in a HS MailBox)
- Integration with HomeSeer phone answering machine (reading your messages)
- New event action added to Place outbound calls easily from any event.
- Script API to place calls from your scripts.
- As the plugin is 100% driven by HomeSeer scripts, you can easily customize the sample IVR and build your own IVR scripts.
Skype instant message features:
- You can fully control HomeSeer from any Skype Client using instant messages.
- A HomeSeer device can be added for each Skype contact to follow their Online Status
- Access level definition for each user
- Nested menu
- Macro definition with parameter substitution
- Status by device code or device location + device name
- Can send all X10 commands by device code or device location + device name
- Thermostat control... etc
- Real time HomeSeer log forwarding, with filtering capabilities
- Supports sending Skype instant messages to any contact
- New event action added to Send a Skype instant message easily from any event.
- Script API to Send instant messages from your scripts.
Skype SMS features:
- Supports sending SMS to any mobile phone (as long as you have enough Skype Credit)
- New event action added to Send a SMS easily from any event.
- Script API to Send SMS from your scripts.
- SMS delivery status script to follow SMS delivery status
NOTE: SKYPE Connector requires HSPhone software for support of address book and answering machine features. If you want these features and already have a license for HSPhone, purchase the plug-in unbundled for $29.95 from Skype-Connector-Plug-In-P450C0.aspx