Video conferencing advice needed

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I've been tasked with organising real-time video conferencing between our
UK office & our Hong Kong office. We have a 2 Meg leased-line which I would
imagine is adequate to cope with such a job. Unfortunately I'm not sure of
my next step, do I look at dedicated hardware or something PC based - if
it's PC based I'll need it to be both Mac & PC compatible if possible, also
what will the the firewall implications be, etc, etc. Can anyone give me
impartial advice on the best route to go down.

Cheers, Jase.

Re: Video conferencing advice needed

Problem solved, If you need more advice then I'm available with 25 years
video conferencing exp..
$15.00 a month.

Neil L. Rideout
Multicast Engineer
Video Conferencing Consultant
Inventor - Comcaster, P/See Suite, Sincewas, and Camtrek
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Re: Video conferencing advice needed


Personally, I'd look at the Polycom VSX7000 or the Sony PCS-1. They're
reasonably priced, and you'll find that your 2MB line should be
adequate to pass video traffic using the H.264 algorithm. They're both
set-top systems, but I recommend that over desktop for the sheer fact
that they look more professional (not to mention better video).

As far as the firewall is concerned, there are a number of options
available to you. Do some research on Google for "NAT firewall
traversal" and you should get a lot of answers. Ideally, though, these
systems should reside outside of your firewall.

You can get pricing at:

If you're just playing around, and dont need a enterprise class video
system, look into:


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