Posts Tagged ‘video conferencing tools’

Four Great Tools to share your Screen easily and without any Software Downloading

August 28th, 2017

No software downloading means less annoyance for your users and thus more participants to your virtual events. Let’s have a quick glance to TurboMeeting, MegaMeeting, GoToMeeting and WebEx, four great tools that allow you to share your screen without any software downloading.

Screen-sharing is one of the most useful and utilized functionalities during webinars, video conferences or remote support operations.  Unfortunately, the products for virtual conferencing that do not require any software download are few. Yet, it is proved that users’ preferences go to no downloading solutions, like the browser-based ones. If you adopt this technology, you have then better chances to increase the number of participants to your webinars and virtual meetings.

TurboMeeting is a suite of video conferencing servers manufactured and distributed by the company R-HUB (http://www.rhubcom.com). Clients can access a webinar hosted on a TurboMeeting server simply by clicking on the special link in the invitation email through their browsers. No software is downloaded. This solution offers a huge set of functionalities to make your webinars and video conferences highly interactive and engaging, among which there is naturally screen sharing. You can easily show slides, documents, photos, videos or other relevant material to back up your arguments that way.

MegaMeeting (http://www.meagmeeting.com) is specialized in browser-based solutions for webinars, video-conferences and one-to-one meetings. Screen-sharing is just one of the multiple functionalities that this solution offers its users and, again, there is no necessity to download anything. What makes the difference with TurboMeeting is power. R-HUB`s servers can host webinars up to 3000 participants for room, MegaMeeting up to 250 only. MegaMeeting is also more expensive, as it costs per year more or less the same as the purchase of a R-HUB`s server that though lasts much longer than one year.

GoToMeeting (http://www.gotomeeting.com) is one of the most popular platforms for web conferencing. Simple and cost-effective, it allows you to host any kind of virtual events, from your webinars to the classic online meeting. All the usual functionalities (among which screen sharing) are present. To enter a webinar, participants have simply to digit the ID of the event and their email on the form on the special web page. Among the cons, there are the severe limitations on the number of participants, which cannot go over 100 attendees. The price is comparable with R-HUB`s TurboMeeting.

WebEx (http://www.webex.com) is the pioneer of web conferencing, as it was founded in the far 1995. The max number of participants per meeting is 200, while the price per year is 590 US$ (to make a comparison, a TurboMeeting server that can host up to 1000 participants cost 995 US$). The recent integration with Cisco Spark assures users a clean and crisp audio. Screen sharing is present among many other useful functionalities.

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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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