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Six Top Quality VoIP Video Conferencing Tools that rock the Market

April 9th, 2017

VoIP (Voice over IP) is the technology that has won over the competition in video conferencing, as it  allows providers to assure their clients fast and inexpensive high quality services.What VoIP video conferencing service provider to choose among the dozens that are present on the market today?  Let’s have a quick glance at some of the best.

The strength of VoIP is that this technology achieves what it promises: inexpensive and spontaneous face-to-face meetings via computer screens. The prerequisites are only owning a web-camera (laptop has usually one in-built cam) and having enough bandwidth.

Among video conferencing products, some stand out because of their interesting features, easiness of use, and price effectiveness. Here comes my list.

R-HUB TurboMeeting (http://www.rhubcom.com) is a suite of virtual conferencing servers that are able to provide clients with a wide range of services that go from telepresence and HD Video conferencing to the traditional conference calls, including remote support and remote access.  The remarkable features of TurboMeeting servers are security (thanks to the adoption of a technology based on on-premise servers) and ease of use, as they are real plug-and-play devices that once plugged in start working immediately. The traditional issues connected with on-premise servers (needs of IT team and dedicated cabinets/rooms) have been all brilliantly addressed by R-HUB development team who has been successful in crafting a compact, inexpensive and an all-in-one solution that covers all aspects of virtual conferencing application.

Skype is probably the most popular software for video conferencing available on the market today. The strong points are voice and video quality that combined with free service make Skype unbeaten in the segment of one-on-one conferencing.  Problems rise when it is time to move to conferences with multiple participants. At that point, you’d better consider an alternative to Skype. If you desire to still stay on the ground of free conferencing apps, you could consider  Oovoo, a service that allows conferences up to six participants and has the intriguing feature of communicating though video mails. In comparison with Skype, outages are less frequent, as Oovoo runs its own servers.

Hosted applications do not require clients to download and install any software, which is a great advantage especially when using mobiles.  They are also easy-to-access and easy-to-use, not to mention that they can be easily integrated with most operative systems. These are the reasons why they are increasingly popular. Among hosted solutions for video conferencing, we find WebEx Meeting Center and SightSpeed. Both offer many useful and interactive tools to involve participants (like file sharing). Naturally, quality does not come for free. It is necessary to pay a monthly fee to use these services.

Last but not least, we have two top quality solutions, Adobe Acrobat Connect and AT&T Connect. The first is a powerful web conferencing service that supports conferences up to 2500 participants; the latter is a high flexible and versatile product that hosts conferences with an unlimited number of participants. Unfortunately they are both quite expensive, especially when compared with free software, which makes them unsuitable for small organizations.

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What are the five best Video Conferencing products on the Market?

January 17th, 2017

Whoever you are – manager, small business owner or team member – there is a moment in life when you need a remote communication tool. Which is the best option among the several platforms that have become available on the market in the last few years? From on-premise servers based solutions to web apps, the choice is wide. In this article, we outline the main features of what in our opinion are the five best video conferencing products of 2016.

It is important to know exactly what you need, in order to choose the right product. While on-premise servers based solution could be great for a small business, a browser app often reveals to be a good option for occasional users.

It isn’t only a matter of costs; you should also consider some issues like security, reliability, the necessity to download software or install hardware, the frequency of utilization, and the max number of participants to your conferences.

However, it is also true that an outline of the main features of the most popular platforms could help to clear ideas. So, let’s start with the review of first product on the list.

The on-premise servers based solution: R-HUB Turbomeeting

There are several features that make the difference between R-HUB Turbomeeting servers and the web based solutions. First, they are secure and reliable. Hackers and spotty video streaming will become a distant memory soon, as R-HUB technology is not web dependent. Second, the number of participants to a chat room  can be scaled up to 3000, which is quite uncommon in web conferencing  products world; third, from mobiles to TV, almost any kind of device is supported, no matter if it runs on iOS or Android.

Coming to price, R- HUB web video conferencing servers start from $295. They are sold under a flat license that allows you to add additional participants at zero cost. Maintenance and installation are inexpensive and there is no need of a dedicated team of technicians, as R-HUB web video conferencing servers are plug and play products.  For further information, please visit R-HUB web site at http://www.rhubcom.com

A web based solution: GoToMeeting

Very popular among the web based solutions, GoToMeeting have been advertised a lot especially on TV. Its strong point is that it runs well alongside programs like Gmail and Outlook. It also ensures a clean, simple user experience.

The trial period lasts thirty days. After, you have to buy one of their packages.

The right tool for webinars: OnStreamMedia

Webinars that are managed through this platform can host up to 300 participants, and a great user experience is ensured by its many tools to engage the audience. Unfortunately, this software comes out without the usual tiered pricing benefits that other platforms offer.

Thought for small businesses: WebEx

Among WebEx’s most interesting features, there are conference recording, application sharing and the benefit of tiered pricing that makes this product a good idea for a small business.

No software to download: Zoho Meeting

If you are looking for a 100% browser based solution, this product is what you need. Very easy to use, Zoho Meeting is great for those who are seeking for a two people conference web app for free. Over this number of participants, you have to pay.

Have you cleaned your ideas? If not, start to browse the web. This list is not exhaustive, as web conferencing platforms have been mushrooming in the last few years. And please feel free to signal us any software that in your opinion deserves a mention.

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What is the best Video Conferencing Software for Large Meetings?

January 12th, 2017

Free video conferencing programs like Skype for Business work well for one-on-one talks, but they cannot support large meetings very well. It is inevitable to move to other platforms, if you are looking for something more powerful. So, what is the best solution for small businesses?  To answer this question, in this article we compare the features and prices of four top video conferencing products,  Join.Me, GoToMeeting, R-HUB web video conferencing servers and Zoom.

Choosing the video conferencing product that suits best to the company needs is not so easy and immediate.  The best approach is comparing the features of the best available tools, so that we can have an idea of their pros and cons in a glance. In the comparison, we have taken into consideration four criteria that are supposed to ensure the best in terms of user experience both for hosts and participants.

  • Is it possible to join the conference without annoying software downloading?
  • Dos the product offer a rich set of in-call tools to host an engaging meeting?
  • Is the video quality good?
  • Is the level of security high?

How these four product perform in relation to each of these criteria? Here come the results of our studies:

R-HUB Turbomeeting

Software downloading:  the pros: there is no software to download on the devices of the attendees. The cons: it is necessary that the host owns a R-HUB server.

In-call tools:  R-HUB’s suite offers all the necessary  tools to make any video conference engaging, like document sharing , pools, raising hand buttons, screen sharing.

Video quality: R-HUB web video conferencing servers offer fast screen speed and high video quality. Being R-HUB products not web based, they are reliable and independent from users’ connections as well.

Security:  R-HUB web video conferencing servers offer the best in terms of security, being an on-premise server based technology.

Price: R-HUB turbo meeting web video conferencing servers start from 295$.

Join.Me

Software downloading: not strictly necessary, as participants may also join through their browsers.

In-call tools: the set of tools is not complete. For example, it is not allowed to mute individual participants.

Call-quality: it is considered good by users.

Security: not very secure. If you opt for the access through the web browser, there are the usual risks of being hacked that are implied in this solution.

Price: 240$ per year

GoToMeeting

Software downloading: not necessary, as participants may join through their browsers.

In-call tools: there are some limitations and restrictions. For example, on-screen annotations are available only for Windows users, and mouse sharing is possible only for those who install a GoToMeeting app.

Call-quality: it is considered good by users.

Security:  risks of being hacked if you opt for the access through web-browser.

Price: 468 $ per year

Zoom

Software downloading: unfortunately, participants must install Zoom app.

In-call tools: there are some limitations. For example, mouse/keyboard control sharing is allowed only to users that have installed Zoom and are using a pc, Mac or iPad.

Call-quality: it is considered the best by many users.

Security: high, as it is no access through web-browsers.

Price: 240$ per year.

In conclusion, there is not  something like the best product. Much depends on your needs. While R-HUB web video conferencing servers can be particularly suitable for firms with high concerns of security and video quality, products that rely on the web can be a good solution for those who do not want any hardware on the way, no matter how small and silent it is.

If you are interested in web conferencing, you are going to find more materials and posts on R-HUB web site at http://www.rhubcom.com

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6 Top-quality Video Conferencing tools for small groups you can get for free

December 12th, 2016

Video conferencing is free for small groups on some popular platforms like Skype and Google Hangouts.  But is their quality as good as in one-on-one meetings? Yes, if you are able to choose the right tool for your goals. In order to help you, we have made a list of 6 web conferencing products listing their pros and cons.

Organizing video conferences for groups is much more challenging than hosting 2 people chat. So, a good video conferencing program comes out helpful in these cases. Here is a list of 5 top-quality video conferencing tools we selected for you.

 

1 R-HUB TURBOMEETING

Pros: being able to host up to 3000 participants per conference room in HD screen, R-HUB servers are among the most powerful  web conferencing tools available on the market today.

Cons: it is necessary to buy a R-HUB HD video conferencing server, as this is an on-premise server based solution.

 

2 SKYPE

Pros: The design of the interface is very easy to learn and use and the quality of the video call that your system is able to support is automatically checked.

Cons:  Video is not available on Linux, mobiles, and TVs: you have to fall back on audio in these cases. There is a time limit, 100 hours per month only.

 

3 GOOGLE HANGOUTS

Pros: Being totally web-based, there is nothing  to download and install. Just login in into your Google account and browse to the page hangouts.google.com. The user interface is smart and very intuitive.  Full support for Linux, Android and iOS, which makes it possible to host a video conference on a tablet and play games.

Cons: It is necessary to have a Google account and install the Hangout plugin on Safari, Explorer and Firefox.

 

4 OOVOO

Pros: The max participant number limit goes up from the usual 10 people to 12. Available on tablets, as it supports Amazon Fire, Android and iOS (but not Linux).

Cons: The red tape. You need a Facebook account to use the application in addition to your Oovoo account. So, getting logged in is a bit long and complicated. Plus, you have to install the software.

 

5 ANYMEETING

Pros: There are many tools that enrich the user experience, as slide sharing, polls and the possibility to take notes that can be further emailed to the participants of the meeting.

Cons: Limited range of supported devices (it is only available for Windows, iOS, Mac, Android).  The limit of participants is set on 6, too few in comparisons with the generosity of the other platforms.

 

6 GOTOMEETING

Pros:  A powerful chat platform with many interesting and useful features, like video conference recording, screen sharing, commenting options.

Cons: It is strictly limited to 6 participants only. This limit drops down to only 3 people per conference in the free version.

If you are interested in R-HUB Turbomeeting, you can have a 30 days free trial period. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.rhubcom.com

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