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    Video Conference advice

    Hi

    We need to set-up VC at the school and we I am a little new to it in an educational environment. I have been in touch with Video Nations and global-leap. Does any one have experience with VC or any of the 2 companies I have just mentioned?

    I have been told by our local CLC to stay clear of global leap, but they didn’t give me any firm reason not too.

    Any advice would be great

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    Kev

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    well this sucks

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    Does your ISP not provide any support for VC?

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    bishopsgarthstockton - Talk to your RBC or LEA IT support as they may already be doing VC in your area & will be able to advise you. Your local RBC will almost certianly either have plans or already have a VC solution on place with a gateway to the Janet VC network and it's resources. Suggest you have a look at this page from the janet schools VC project site as a place to start http://www.jvcs.ja.net/schools/

    Getting VC to work well and to a good call quality is not a trivial matter *mutters things about QOS, MCU's, firewall transversal, Gateways (IP & ISDN), E164, Streaming & stream recording.........!*



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    Re: Video Conference advice

    Quote Originally Posted by eduabncs

    Getting VC to work well and to a good call quality is not a trivial matter *mutters things about QOS, MCU's, firewall transversal, Gateways (IP & ISDN), E164, Streaming & stream recording.........!*


    ......... then have a look at the time involved in setting up and supporting it, staff training, the cost of the hardware required etc ............ then compare this to the educational outcomes ......... and think ............ "Is it bloody worth it???!!!"[i]

    :cry:

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    Or consider an ISDN line just for this, don't have to worry about RBCs, just plug it in, dial up the other person and away you go ...

    You can have a teacher who isn't even at the school ... and if they have a problem then it is *their* problem ... not your :-)

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    Quote Originally Posted by bishopsgarthstockton
    I have been told by our local CLC to stay clear of global leap, but they didn’t give me any firm reason not too.
    Global Leap don't sell VC kit.

    They just provide access to VC resources. We've worked with them a few times and they're great.

    If you do go down the VC route, try and avoid PC based systems. From my experiences they just trouble.

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    This site is also worth a look http://www.wmnet.org.uk/vc/

    Yours truely is in one or two of the videos! ops:

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    sweet

    thank you for the help. think im gona tackl;e this with a clear head on monday. done 3 CCNA tests this week and my head is not doing so great.

    @Steve

    what problems have you had with pc based VC?

    Thanks

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    Quote Originally Posted by eduabncs
    Yours truely is in one or two of the videos! ops:
    The Owl and the Pussycat?

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    One of the reasons the PC software based VC is not too good is that of network traffic congestion. To get VC working properly over IP you need to use QOS and other traffic shaping techniques to prioritise VC traffic over other network traffic. Really VC needs to have dedicated ports etc on the network to make it work well.

    Also the camera and encoding systems in dedicated VC systems are better then most PC based software solutions. That said the Polycom PVX software isn't too bad.

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    hehehe

    im sure i just seen eduabncs in long blond hair in a flash movie...

    eduabncs whats going on??

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    global leap is a meeting place for schools to form partnerships and links via Video Conferencing. It used to be a free service but 6 or so months ago they started charging for the facility due to running costs. Haven't ever used them but I was registered when they were free.

    We have 2 Polycom conferencing kits and are very pleaed with both especially the VSX7000. One thing I will point out is that it may be a good idea to find links and have serious ideas on how you are going to use the equipment as a lot of people do feel that their VC kit has become a bit of a white elephant.

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    Quote Originally Posted by bishopsgarthstockton
    hehehe

    im sure i just seen eduabncs in long blond hair in a flash movie...

    eduabncs whats going on??
    Nope not me! Try again! That's a work mate who also occasionally posts on here. One is wearing the 2003 Rugby World Cup t-shirt!

    Must of been a friday!!

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    Re: Video Conference advice

    You must be the lady in the teacher section then

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