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What Is Needed to Set Up A SMB Video Conference Room?

By tmdaviss ·
My business deals with small and medium sized businesses and their IT needs. In essence, I help them manage their IT needs. A lot of my time is spent deciding on their future needs, expenditures, and the projects to implement the solutions.

In the past couple of years I have fielded questions a number of times regarding the implementation of a video conferencing room to allow a company to do business with out-of-town customers as if they were having those meetings in their own local facility. This will eliminate a large amount of travel expense, as well as scheduling conflicts that can ruin a planned trip. Recently the questions have turned to serious inquiries, and are not asking if the implementation can be effective for over-seas calls, or if video delays, sound lags, bandwidth needs will come into play.

In response I have been trying to find other IT professionals whom have already faced this challenge so I can use their lessons as a foundation for my first attempts. I am already trying to respond to questions like: "Can a camera show the entire conference table and its occupants clearly?" "Can we share design ideas via the computer without them being captured on the other end?" "Do we need internet connection that is faster than DSL?"

Do you have any experiences that you would like to share with me? Do you have recommendations of the equipment I should be demo'ing or purchasing? If so, I welcome your input into this discussion.

Terry Davisson
Latreo, Inc.

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Repost as 'Q&A'

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to What Is Needed to Set Up ...

Try reposting this in the 'Q&A' forum. The 'Discussion' forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution. The 'Water Cooler' is for non-technical discussions. You can submit a question to 'Q&A' here:

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A very fast Internet Connection is the very first thing needed as there is a lot of Data to move with any Video Conferencing.

Maybe this could be the basis of a Article/Blog from one of the TR Writers as well.

Col

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Okay, it is posted there as well...

by tmdaviss In reply to Repost as 'Q&A'

Same subject posted in Q&A area.

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Please do not double-post.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Okay, it is posted there ...

It's considered bad form in almost all forums on the Internet.

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