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Video Conferencing Feasibility

By jc2it ·
We have a request from management to look at the feasibility of a video conferencing system. We have four physical locations and five nodes on the WAN (2 of the nodes are on the same LAN, see below) that would need video conferencing equipment. The WAN is in a star configuration connected with point to point T1. At least one T1 is heavily used. I have seen some information using WebCam's on the net and it appears that this quality is very poor. I think we would want a resolution of 1280x768 (HDTV quality) so that we can show samples of product. This would need to be point and click, so that there is minimal user work involved.

Is there anyone that has made this work at this scale?
What works and what does not work?
Am I missing any details?
What Open Source options are there?
What Proprietary turnkey applications are available?

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by BFilmFan In reply to Video Conferencing Feasib ...

I've had good luck wiht the Cisco equipment.

It is pricey and you will have to have the bandwidth. Otherwise, it will look like a bad 50's movie...

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by jc2it In reply to Cisco

I actually posted this in the Tech Q&A first (I closed it and awarded the points already), and it was suggested that I look at Polycom.
Have you ever used their turnkey systems?
Does Cisco offer similar systems?
What specific equipment do you use that you like, and what do you like about it?

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