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Best web conferencing software for a small non-profit?

January 19th, 2016

An R-HUB HD video conferencing and web conferencing server (www.rhubcom.com) is an affordable alternative. It supports up to 30 webcams and 8 monitors at each end point to support a telepresence experience. It starts at $1,495. The installation is a plug-and-play. After installed, the server runs 24 x 7. The hardware is a reliable network appliance just like a router and no IT maintenance is needed. The software is self-updated.

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Video Conferencing Issues Solved

January 19th, 2016

R-HUB Communications, www.rhubcom.com , makes video conferencing servers. The biggest issues we have noticed and solved for our customers include:

  1. Bandwidth issues, especially for international attendees. For example, meetings with attendees between the US and China are very difficult. To overcome this, it helps to carefully select the meeting time and avoid peak bandwidth hours. Based on our experience, any time between 10:00am and 9:00pm Beijing time is crowded. In addition to picking a good time to meet, choose a good ISP for your data center so international routing by your ISP works best for the countries where your attendees will be. This is a difficult task. In most cases, you have to test various solutions to find the best solution. We have tested a number of ISPs including Level3 for our data center and we chose Hurricane Electric (HE), which offers the best international routing for both Asia and Europe.
  2. CPU usage issues. Video and especially audio are very, very sensitive to delay. During a meeting, for example, an antivirus tool can start to scan files and use 90% of CPU, which would likely cause audio packets to be dropped producing intolerable audio quality. Advise your attendees to avoid opening a lot of applications during a meeting and to close unnecessary browser pages. Recently we experienced a case where the home page of www.speedtest.net on Internet Explorer consumed a large amount of CPU even without running the speed test; the Javascript on the page consumed so much CPU that the audio quality was adversely affected.
  3. Echo issues. Although all vendors, including R-HUB, have tried very hard to remove echoes, it is just impossible to eliminate it completely for all computer microphones. Avoid a built-in mic, and use a headset whenever possible.
  4. Disconnection issues. A wireless connection is the number one reason for disconnection. It slows down the connection speed also. Note that unlike web page browsing, video conferencing requires a persistent connection. A reliable connection is essential to ensure a smooth meeting experience. Use a wired connection!
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Best Web Conferencing Tools

July 30th, 2015

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With R-HUB Web Conferencing Servers, you gain the ability to hold fast and easy meetings, instant collaboration and more on desktops, laptops, iPhones, iPads, Windows, MAC, etc. R-HUB Web Conferencing product, TurboMeeting, increases productivity throughout your organization.

Your R-HUB conferencing server gives you the real-time collaboration features you need to keep your company competitive. With R-HUB web conferencing, you can give sales presentations, product demos, and collaborate interactively. TurboMeeting is perfect to meet all of your meeting and collaboration needs with a rich set of features. R-HUB Communications aims to solve escalating cost problems with the TurboMeeting series of conferencing appliances, which not only brings web conferencing services in-house, but also adds remote support, remote control, and remote access technologies.

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GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting is used for both meetings and web conferences. Three different products are available: GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToTraining. All products allow desktop and application sharing, one-click recording, drawing tools, voice conferencing abilities, and more. You can start meetings from Microsoft Office, email, or instant messaging tools. Perhaps best of all, meetings can also be accessed from a MAC, PC, iPad, iPhone, or Android device.

WebEX

WebEx is an excellent service that provides you with unlimited online meetings. With this, you receive high-quality videos, phone conferencing, and mobile access (including the iPad), so that you are able to host and attend meetings while you are on the go. You even gain the ability to have up to 25 people in a meeting and see up to six webcams on screen at the same time. Their online collaboration tools, such as note taking, white boarding, and annotations make it great for working with groups.

MeetingBurner

MeetingBurner is not just a great place to hold online meetings (directly in the browser with no downloads required), it’s also good for hosting webinars and sharing your screen. It includes Skype integration, conference lines, and one-click recording and sharing. You will also receive analytics for your meetings so that you are able to see how your guests interact with your content. Due to its fast load times and easy-to-use interface, it’s one of the most popular services for online meetings. Best of all, the service is free.

Meetin.gas

Meetin.gs allows you to get started in less than 60 seconds and provides you with the convenience of creating new meetings via a bookmarklet in addition to using the website. Not only can you create meetings yourself and participate from any device, but you can create and edit them together with participants. It’s also a great place to edit documents together with a group. Also, anyone can mail in notes and other materials via email.

Jabbster

Jabbster is aimed at people who want to privately keep in touch with family and friends, yet the platform is also well suited to holding online meetings. While it does not provide real-time meetings via video, like MeetingBurner, it does allow you to create private groups where you can share photos, events, and contact info. You will be able to have threaded discussions, which means it’s a lot like having your own private social networking platform with a few additional benefits.

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Web Conferencing for Education

July 28th, 2015

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Web conferencing is a fantastic tool that businesses around the world use on an everyday basis. With that said, there are other uses for this technology within the education sector. In fact, it is possible to teach and store an entire semester’s worth of classes on a web conferencing platform. This holds the potential for a revolution in the conduction of online classes.

The Many Benefits of Web Conferencing for Online Education

Such a revolution will be able to take place because web conferencing software has made significant progress recently. The ability to share documents means that presentations are no longer reliant on screen sharing. This is excellent for classes because it means professors no longer need to worry about what is on their desktop or in their folders while teaching a class.

Additionally, it eliminates the time it would normally take to locate the documents. Web conferencing also provides an interactive environment that is ideal for use as a classroom. The chat system and raise hand feature make it easy for students to ask any questions they may have during the presentation, thus helping to eliminate any potential for confusion. Furthermore, the ability to pass presenter control allows teachers to easily pass control to their assistants during the presentation.

Perhaps the biggest feature that makes web conferencing software perfect for the classroom is the ability to record your meetings and post them online. This allows you to archive your classes for anyone who may have missed them live. Students can also take advantage of this opportunity to review material which they may feel is not clear or which they want to brush up on. As a result, students can take advantage of the opportunity to pace lessons according to their own learning style. This can help to greatly increase retention of the material presented, while increasing the success rate of students.

In Personal Communication with Web Conferencing for Education

Another great feature of web conferencing for the education sector is showing your webcam via desktop video conferencing. Students can actually see the teacher through the webcam. This can make it possible for the student to pick up on subtle nuances in a presentation that would not be possible through audio only, including gestures and facial expressions that can help to bring the material in a presentation to life.

This is also perfect for online classes where everyone often has different schedules. While they will not be able to ask live questions, students will be able to see all of the questions that other students asked live. This is much different than when watching a video of the lecture and not being able to see the thoughts of others.

If you would like to receive a free trial of our web conferencing product, R-HUB web conferencing servers, please visit http://www.rhubcom.com. If you have any questions about this or any of our products, please dial 1-866-758-0984 or email us at sales@rhubcom.com. We would be happy to help you.

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Inclement Weather? Have a Web Meeting!

July 20th, 2015

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At the moment, as I write this, I’m looking out of our office window and it’s pouring rain. When I looked at the forecast for the week, it seems as if there is no end in sight for the rain. Not only does this weather greatly increase travel times, but it also increases the risk of getting into an accident. So, rather than put any of our clients at risk, we will do most of our meetings as web meetings.

This way, no one needs to travel away from his or her office in this weather. Not only is it much safer than driving in the rain, but it also saves money for companies that reimburse for gas. Being that our office is located in the suburbs of San Jose, such cost savings and added safety are felt even more during the winter when we traditionally are bombarded by snow. As a result, we are able to continue hosting meetings with clients without worrying that the weather will impact our productivity. This makes it much easier for us to continue business as usual while also saving money and time. It’s a feature that our clients and our staff have come to greatly appreciate.

Web Conferencing Offers a Myriad of Advantages

Using web conferencing also provides you with many advantages during your presentation. For example, did you know that you are actually able to pre-load the documents that you plan to use during your presentation? Doing this enables you to switch between documents fluidly without your participants noticing and without you needing to navigate through all of the folders on your computer to find the files. This results in much more professional presentations and smoother presentations.

Global Communication Made Easier

That is not the only advantage to hosting your meeting online. Having your meeting online also gives you the ability to connect more easily with participants across the globe without long distance phone charges or the need to book expensive flights. This has proven to be particularly important as the business world of today has grown increasingly global. Now, you can conduct business with anyone from any location without worrying about traveling around the world to do so.

The built-in HD webcam support will also allow your international participants to feel as though they are right in the room with you. This makes interpersonal communication much easier and can help to eliminate any potential for miscommunication from occurring because participants are not able to see everyone’s facial expressions. Everyone is able to communicate on the same level and feel as though they are truly participating in the meeting. This helps to increase buy-in and improve overall communication.

If you would like a free trial of our web conferencing software, R-HUB Web Conferencing Services, please visit http://www.rhubcom.com. And, if you should have any questions about how this or any of our products can help your business, please call 1-866-758-0984 or email us at sales@rhubcom.com. We would be happy to help.

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