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Old 06-25-2013, 11:51 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm looking for an easy, and not very expensive, way to teleconference that is user friendly and dependable for our small business to teleconference with our other small office. My boss is thinking a Smart TV, but from what I've read on here, it doesn't seem to be a desirable option.
I'm fairly Tech Illiterate but I'm thinking even hooking up a computer with a large screen and a decent camera/speaker attached may work.
It's the blind leading the blind here, so any input would help!

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Old 06-25-2013, 12:07 PM
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This is what we use at my offices:
http://www.arkadin.com/us/our-solutions/video-conferencing/arkadin-video-powered-by-vidyo

55" HDTVs in the conference rooms along with an HD camera. We also use it from our PCs with webcams. I have no idea what the cost is.

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Video Messenger, the people who sell affordable stand-alone character generators, use a service called Go To Meeting: http://www.gotomeeting.com/fec/

but it developed such terrible audio loops that we had to abandon the streamed audio and instead talk through a conference call line. I would imagine they have gotten some of the bugs out of it by now, but you should probably try to get more current review info from some users.
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SKYPE is very popular, effective and FREE from one single device to another single device, whether computer, smart phone, tablet or SKYPE-enabled HDTV or Blu-Ray Player:
http://shop.skype.com/skype-for-tv/#/categoryid=3&sortby=3&subcategoryid=&filter=&manufacture=&price_range=&page=1&mac=0
The simplest for a neophyte to operate is a SKYPE-enabled HDTV or Blu-Ray Player. Note that WebCams are available in 480, 720 & 1080 resolutions.

SKYPE Premium subscription (from $4.99/mo) adds Video Conferencing among MULTIPLE Skype users:
http://www.skype.com/en/premium/

SKYPE automatically adjusts the transmitted resolution to match the available average thruput. Note SKYPE recommendations:
https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA1417/how-much-bandwidth-does-skype-need
SKYPE was the first to solve the plethora of AUDIO problems that plague many Video Calling programs.

For other alternatives, eg MS Office Live Meeting ($5/mo), GoToMeeting ($49/mo), et.al., see fol. list:
http://web-conferencing.findthebest.com

One-on-One Video Conferencing works quite well....until you get tired of looking at each other fidget through a meeting.....
When you have more than two or three people trying to squeeze into a single camera frame, you're better off going back
to your individual offices and use Multiple-User Video Conferencing, with each person appearing on the screen as part
of a 6 or 9 person mosaic....any more than that and you lose track of who is who and who is talking and might as well
be on a regular AUDIO Conference Call.

I've been in MANY Video Conferences, ranging from one-on-one to 30+ persons on each end (Only ONE speaker appears).
But the most EFFECTIVE meetings among large number of people have been regular AUDIO Conference Calls, where
you are forced to concentrate on the WORDS, rather than getting distracted chuckling at people's facial quirks.....
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I would suggest deploying on premise RHUB web conferencing appliances. It provides free audio conferencing, wherein, all participants in a meeting can attend an audio conference and get land-line quality. It is free and integrated.
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on premise ....

On premises
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