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Video Conferenceing

By rmccon ·

I am looking for opinions of people who have set up their office with video conferenceing.

We are a small non-profit organization needing to have video conferenceing for 3 board meetins a year. The board members are located across Canada in I think maximum 4 different cities.

Below is a list of the items we need in order of importance.

1. The ability to talk and listen to all members. (I suggest the phone line for this, but if there are other options, please let me know.

2. The ability to share applications like PowerPoint, Excel etc. over the net.

3. The ability to see each other (video), or a minimum to see the majority of the Board who are located in 1 city.

4. Low Cost as we do not have a lot of cash to spend on this. (think $500 dollars is to much!)

Thanks in advance for all you advice.


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by BFilmFan In reply to Video Conferenceing

Having worked with non-profits before, here's my advice:

They are going to need some strong bandwidth to implement video conferencing. What is your bandwidth like?

And you are not going to get anything for $500. A good point to make would be to ask if they spend only $500 outfitting the boardroom...

On second thought, don't ask that as board members have notoriously bad senses of humor.

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by md_hashim In reply to Video Conferenceing

Yahoo & MSN - Net Meeting - allow similar conferencing. Have you checked these options?

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by rmccon In reply to

Yea, but only from one site to another. We have 4 sites.


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by Minnesota Nice In reply to Video Conferenceing


I don't know if you found an answer but sightspeed (WWW.SIGHTSPEED.COM) has a product I have been using successfully. They just came out with a version that supports up to 4 users at one time. (I'm told that the next version will support 10 users)

It is the most cost effective I have found.


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by bsullivan In reply to Video Conferenceing

Your solution is simple a Computer Video camera and that will be a minimum expense. The VOIP can ride over your current IP connection. is the leader in VOIP and I am the Director of Carrier and CLEC relations. We can replace your TDM voice connection save you a great deal in that alone and then you can use VOIP and your computers and build a complete video conferencing solution. Your best results will be if you have a 1.5 meg connection at symmetrical bandwidth.

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