You can connect to your MaestroConference event for free using Skype. If you (or your host) have a standard subscription or above, you can add our Skype identities at no charge. Note that there is a limit of 50 people who can use it at any one time across all of our customers. Here's how to do it:
- Search Skype for mcdirect1 (you can also add maestro4294 as an alternative if you'd like).
- When the search locates the contact, click on it and press the “Add to Contacts” button that appears on the center of the screen.
- Hit “Send” to send the default contact request message. (No need to customize the message; only a computer will read it!)
- The new Maestro Conference contact will have a shaded question mark next to it, indicating that this Skype user has not yet shared contact details with you. (Don’t worry; we’ll fix this in a minute!)
- When you’re ready to call in, right-click on the contact in your list of contacts and choose “Call” from the pop-up menu. This will connect you to your MaestroConference event.
- Alternatively, you could click on the contact and you will see two green buttons near the center of the Skype window: “Video Call” and “Call Phone”. Click the drop-down arrow in the right side of the “Call Phone” button.
- Click “Send Voice Message” on the drop-down menu that appears. (This won’t send you to voicemail; it will connect you to MaestroConference. Once you’ve completed a call to MaestroConference, the contact’s status icon will change from a gray question mark to a green check mark, indicating that you are now “friends.” You can just hit the “Call” button for future calls. Do NOT make a video call; this will needlessly tie up bandwidth sending your video over the internet. No one will be able to see you, anyway.)
Thanks to Tim Kelley for discovering these methods for Skype access. Let us know if these work for you or if you have trouble! Leave a comment here, or contact us at [email protected].
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