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USB Handset Adapter - Sound Card

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USB Sound Card Dongle... Great for adding a real handset to a PC  (color may vary)

Gives you a Second Sound Card  in your PC if you already have one

Why the heck would you want a second sound card in your PC?  Because some VoIP phone applications (like Skype) that you run on a PC let you choose a different sound card to use with that application.

  Example Sound Card Choice in Skype

Sound Card Setup / Volume Screen in Skype

That means you may still be able to use the speakers on the PC normally, but use a handset or headset plugged into the USB Sound Card to make phone calls. In Windows, you'd need to go to Sounds and Audio Devices in the Control Panel, click on the Audio tab, and choose the systems main sound card for the system to use in general, in the drop-down box. Then go into your VoIP application, and choose the USB Sound Card for that application (only). Sometimes it will work, sometimes it will work right, and sometimes it won't. You do need to be a little geeky to mess with this stuff in Windows.

If you just need to use a handset temporarily to make a call, most PCs will simply change over to the USB Sound Card Dongle for all audio when you plug it in. That's handy if you're going to use Skype etc. on one or two calls on a desktop or laptop. It will let you use Skype etc. right away, and then usually return the system to using the built-in sound card, and then unplug it to return to the regular speakers (may require a reboot).

If you are using a handset in a kiosk, it's a better idea to plug directly into a sound card if it's available rather than a USB device. On reboot sometimes USB drivers don't load correctly in Windows.

The USB Sound Card Dongle works in XP, Vista and Windows 7 (those operating systems have generic USB sound card the drivers built-in).  It doesn't come with a driver disk, and we don't have any other drivers.  It might work in Linux if your version recognizes generic USB sound cards.

There are much more expensive USB sound cards out there, but this was the best we could find that worked perfectly at a reasonable price.

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