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3 Ways to Enhance Video Conferencing Without Adding Bandwidth

June 19, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Joel Snyder / StateTech

IT managers can improve video quality without expensive engineering.

For IT managers, the words "video conferencing" can be frightening. Design guides call for 1.5 to 15 megabits per second of dedicated bandwidth per participant, with tight limits on latency, jitter and packet loss. Not all networks can meet those high barriers to entry, especially when international circuits or public services form part of the wide area network.

Yet people hold video conferencing sessions using consumer-grade software, DSL and cable Internet connections, and inexpensive web cameras. They may not be thrilled with the quality, but they're collaborating successfully and getting work done.

Many organizations can find a middle ground. With some attention to detail, IT managers can improve video and audio quality without expensive engineering.

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