How difficult is it to set up video conferencing?

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  1. Anak's Avatar
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       #1

    How difficult is it to set up video conferencing?


    I never needed it before but in these current trying times the World is going through I may need it in the near future to confer with my lawyer.

    The machine(s) I'd be using is system one listed at "My Computers" in the lower left corner of my posts, after I get it working there I'd be setting it up on system two as backup. Version and build #'s are listed in my specs: | 10 Home 64-bit | v1909 | Build - 18363.720.

    For now I know 'about' skype, zoom, and I've been seeing over cable news that some are using cisco's webex but I don't know which one my lawyer uses and I'm waiting for a callback now, it could be something entirely different.
    p.s. : I did get a callback from their office and we're going to go with a conference call for now and maybe later on get into video.

    So my question is: How difficult is it to set up video conferencing with W10 Home edition, and what do I need to look out for? Such as any pitfalls and any tips that would help.

    Thanks,
    Steve


    Note   Note
    While the original question of my thread has been answered by the esteemed members of this forum it has drifted a bit from post 10 to 11 inclusive and now there's a slight problem with turning the cam and mic on and off that I'm trying to work out.
    Last edited by Anak; 31 Mar 2020 at 10:29. Reason: Added Note...
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  2. AndreTen's Avatar
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       #2

    With your laptop... you are good to go. Install skype and set-up your account. Skype will use your MS account, if you have one.

    You can test your connection with one of the test bots. Would be wise to do that, so you can adjust camera and mic.

    It is really straightforward.
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  3. pparks1's Avatar
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    I would expect your lawyer would have something they use for video conferencing already. So, they would send you a link, you would click on it and you would join into their meeting. It's usually very straight forward.
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  4. Anak's Avatar
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    Thanks guys,

    I have a MS account but it'll have to be reset, the last time I used it was back in '15 I did notice I could use my google account. Yes, testing would be wise I have seen some interesting backgrounds.

    The receptionist did mention video calls are used and I think I'll wait to find out which one, it'd probably be best if both participants are using the same service. That would be nice to click on a link to join the conversation.

    Skype has a 30day trial then it's pay per month. Zoom and Webex are free but with a 40" limit for Zoom and unlimited for Webex, the only drawbacks are Zoom is 40" and the receptionist said it'd be about an hour for the meeting and it looks that with Webex you need to use a separate phone for call-in audio, maybe I'm reading that wrong, see the link and you'll see it under the free plan. I don't know, that seems to be a major drawback if you have to use a separate phone to hear audio.

    Question for now; How do these plans work, who gets charged the person that initiates the call or does both the caller and callee get charged?
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  5. AndreTen's Avatar
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       #5

    Skype is pay per month only if you use it for calls (instead of your phone). No charger to use it over internet.

    And backgrounds can be blurred these days, but would have to check instructions...
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  6. SoFine409's Avatar
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       #6

    Anak said:
    Thanks guys,

    I have a MS account but it'll have to be reset, the last time I used it was back in '15 I did notice I could use my google account. Yes, testing would be wise I have seen some interesting backgrounds.

    The receptionist did mention video calls are used and I think I'll wait to find out which one, it'd probably be best if both participants are using the same service. That would be nice to click on a link to join the conversation.

    Skype has a 30day trial then it's pay per month. Zoom and Webex are free but with a 40" limit for Zoom and unlimited for Webex, the only drawbacks are Zoom is 40" and the receptionist said it'd be about an hour for the meeting and it looks that with Webex you need to use a separate phone for call-in audio, maybe I'm reading that wrong, see the link and you'll see it under the free plan. I don't know, that seems to be a major drawback if you have to use a separate phone to hear audio.

    Question for now; How do these plans work, who gets charged the person that initiates the call or does both the caller and callee get charged?
    Just FYI, I set Skype up on a laptop a few days ago. It took only 10 minutes to setup, login with my MS Account and test it on the built in test facility. I use Norton Security and its firewall recognized the Skype session and allowed it access with no intervention. I assume WD does the same thing.
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  7. Anak's Avatar
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    Thanks Andre I finally found Its free to use Skype on skype's about page and What is background blur in Skype? but I have to check if this laptop processor supports Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2) for the blur.

    I need to run coreinfo to check for avx2 and it runs but goes by in a blur then quits.
    I've tried every way I know to send the output to a .txt file on the desktop but nothing I tried works, I'm tired and I'll pick this up in the morning.

    Thanks SoFine for the encouragement, I caught your post just before I sent mine. I must of spent an hour trying to send that coreinfo output to the dsktp
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  8. jimbo45's Avatar
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       #8

    Anak said:
    Thanks Andre I finally found Its free to use Skype on skype's about page and What is background blur in Skype? but I have to check if this laptop processor supports Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (AVX2) for the blur.

    I need to run coreinfo to check for avx2 and it runs but goes by in a blur then quits.
    I've tried every way I know to send the output to a .txt file on the desktop but nothing I tried works, I'm tired and I'll pick this up in the morning.

    Thanks SoFine for the encouragement, I caught your post just before I sent mine. I must of spent an hour trying to send that coreinfo output to the dsktp
    Hi there
    For anybody else using SKYPE -- don't bother with the wretched one in the store (UWL version) but go for the full desktop version -- this can be downloaded directly from the Internet ---. You will need an Ms account - but you can create a new one for skype. Free for home users -- not sure about the outlook integration bit --I think that's more "Skype for business".

    For Home use it works fine and is free (use internet not phone) -- We've already had some "Virtual Pub meets" with colleagues -- drinking beer and partying from Home -- the video conferencing piece works fine.

    If you do this type of stuff other people who don't have Windows can still install skypeforlinux on Linux -- identical set up to the windows version so you can communicate easily with people using most common OS's --not everybody has to be on Windows.

    How difficult is it to set up video conferencing?-screenshot_20200321_095057.png


    Test of course webcam and mike's working OK -- there's a built in test facility in skype for this. Linux users with recent kernels will find webcam software is built in for pretty well most webcams -- install Cheese to test it. Windows users will probably have a built in web cam program --certainly if using a laptop.



    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. Anak's Avatar
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    Hi jimbo,

    I haven't yet but plan on D/L'ing any of the three choices from their respective websites, I tend to stay away from any online stores. As an example Skype for Desktops / windows version.

    I could go for a pub meet unfortunately I'm all out of the bubbly and because of covid19 the PA governor shut down all distributors, beer and liquor you can't even order online and have it shipped to your home.

    I'll be sure to test.
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  10. SoFine409's Avatar
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       #10

    Anak said:
    Hi jimbo,

    I haven't yet but plan on D/L'ing any of the three choices from their respective websites, I tend to stay away from any online stores. As an example Skype for Desktops / windows version.

    I could go for a pub meet unfortunately I'm all out of the bubbly and because of covid19 the PA governor shut down all distributors, beer and liquor you can't even order online and have it shipped to your home.

    I'll be sure to test.
    I learned that from my son, who lives in Camp Hill, PA, yesterday. I think the union that represents the employees expressed their concerns about being around too many customers. Maybe people wight start using it for hand sanitizer.
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