FAQs – Web Conferencing/ Video Conferencing

Common Online Conferencing Questions

Web Conferencing is an online medium by which you can hold conferences and meetings over the Internet, which can be done even if all the participants are not geographically localized. The basic things that you need for a web conference are your browser and an Internet connection. With these things at your disposal, you can confer with anyone within seconds and essentially conduct online conferences.
A Webinar type meeting is a large, presentation-oriented meeting where participants are not aware of each other in the meeting room. As such, they see only the host of the meeting and the meeting presenters. Participants are restricted to watching the presentation, with the exception of a controlled group Q&A session.
Video Conferencing is teleconferencing in which video images are transmitted among the various geographically separated participants in a meeting. Originally done using analog video and satellite links, today video conferencing uses compressed digital images transmitted over wide area networks or the Internet.

A webcast is a type of online presentation and one of the forms of web conferencing. A webcast can be compared to a television broadcast; the difference being that instead of broadcasting on your television screen, a webcast is broadcast on the web.
Voice-over-Internet protocol is a protocol optimized for the transmission of voice through the Internet. This concept is also referred to as IP telephony, Internet telephony, voice over broadband, broadband telephony and broadband phone.
 Web conference is often used to hold meetings or online conferences, but it can also be used to give live presentations, train your employees, or even just to have a face to face chat with someone.

There are many benefits to using this method of meeting and communication. Some of the benefits include:

  • Huge Savings: Web conferencing can be done without any regard to geographical boundaries and limitations.
  • Reduced Operating Costs: Web conferencing does not entail hiring a place to have a conference and neither do you need to host all the people who will be assembling in one place for the conference.
  • Reduced the Need to Travel: Web conferencing can be done from your office desk or even from the comforts of your home.
  • Efficient Communication: Web conferencing gives you a medium by which you can actually see the person and also the documents that need to be reviewed. Being face-to-face, results in direct audio and visual communication, and leaves no room for ambiguity.
  • Fast Solution: If you have any emergency and need to call a meeting in a hurry, web conferencing can help you do that at any time of the day or night.

There are many different types of web conferencing service providers in the market and one size does not fit all. Select Communications is partnered with Lync Online, Cisco WebEx, IBM LotusLive Meetings and Adobe Connect so we are positioned to have a web conferencing service for everyone. Select Communications will review the individual requirements and then tailor after considering the cost.

Web conferencing can be used by all businesses, in most industries, for a variety of needs. This serves as an invaluable tool for all types of businesses, and has proven very effective as a modern means of communication.
Most web conferencing is done through web conferencing services. When you try any such service, you are given a meeting code for web conferencing. To start a web conference, you need to use the browser of your computer and go to the site of your web conferencing service. You have to then log in, using the meeting code given to you by your service provider. Others, who want to attend the web conference, need to do the same.
You do not need a lot of things to get started with web conferencing, the main things being:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Necessary audio equipment
  • WebCam (optional)
  • Web conference service

Bandwidth required varies, depending on the type of application you are running. On average, a typical conference with slides can be played by any broadband connection.
Being able to see a person’s facial expressions sometimes becomes more important that what is being said. Documents needing to be reviewed are impossible to do if you cannot see what is being changed or marked up. In such situations Web Conferencing is of great help.Web Conferencing tools became so much more than just talk to and see other people. The modern tools can share desktop, present slides, play video, text chat, send files, record/play meetings and so much more.
Connect with prospects, customers, clients, and partners instantly and effortlessly from the comfort of your desktop. Share your desktop – and anything on your computer. Deliver dynamic and interactive presentations, collaborate, demonstrate products and services, view, annotate, or edit documents – all in real time.
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