Is there an easy way
to setup for videoconferencing?
In a word, Yes - absolutely!!! I guess that's two words
several ways to establish a videoconference using a laptop.
You can setup a video conference suing
FREE tools such as
Instant Messaging services like Yahoo! Messenger™, America
Online Messaging™ (AIM), and/or MSN Messenger™. In
addition, Microsoft™ has a product entitled NetMeeting which is
designed to conduct videoconferencing for
required are as follows:
Microsoft™ Windows-based operating system
camera (or digital camera with video capabilities)
microphone and speakers
*high-speed connection (i.e., cable modem and/or DSL)
person(s) on the other end with similar setup
With the above ingredients,
you can hold a face-to-face meeting using the above mentioned
products almost anywhere in the world as if you are sitting
right next to a person.
There are many commercial Web
conferencing services available that will enable you to set up a
Web-based teleconference from the road as easily as you could
from your office. Having a Web video camera attached to
your notebook (laptop) can offer many advantages. For
example, if you're setting up off-site meeting, you may want to
send live video of the meeting room space back to your office
for discussion. Or, if you're at a customer location, you
may want to set up a face-to-face conference between your
product developer and a customer.
Many web Conferencing applications give you a reliable and
affordable way to share software applications, view
presentations, or anything running on your PC with others in
online meetings. In this example, viewers can witness the
clarity of what you display on your desktop. Alternatively, you
can pass control of the meeting and see what they display on
their PC (i.e., to run a live-demonstration).
Things to consider in order to make a Web conferencing decision
Simple to use. No
other web conferencing system is as easy to learn and use.
Viewers immediately see what you display on your PC.
to have. Share a single application or your full desktop,
allow others to share their screen, show presentation slides,
remote control another PC, record for playback, chat and
polling, url sharing and more.
Portable. It's purely
web based conferencing so you can use it from any computer.
Works through all firewalls. 100% server uptime over the last
Clean Interface. The ability to see a clear, concise
application in production (or demonstration) as if you are
sitting at the developers (manufacturers) office (desktop).
Support. If you or your attendees have a problem,
help is a phone call away. Many other services do not offer
In this case, a picture (Web
conference) can and will illustrate that it's worth is more than
a thousand words.
Below is a short list of major
Web conference players. Feel free to visit for further
information by clicking on the name(s) listed:
high-speed connection is the preferred way of using video
conferencing since you are transmitted thousands of frames
across a single connection, but a dial-up can work. The issue
is, dial-up is a lot slower, thus, the frames will be
transmitted with a lengthy delay.
None of these suggestions and/or product names where endorsed by
the manufacturer listed above. The opinion expressed here is an
independent suggestion to handling the above mentioned question.