Today, audio-conferencing is either done using the old conventional phone systems (aka land-lines, aka POTS), cellphones, or VOIP. If you are using your computer or a smart-phone on wireless (not cell) to converse, e.g. with Skype– you are using VOIP.
The four Videoconferencing (VTC) solutions that NCEAS supports all permit dial-in via POTS or cellphones, as well as VOIP via computer or wireless-equipped smartphones. These solutions are:
There are many more potential “solutions” available– but the above four are all decent and recommended. In addition, we can equip our conference and meeting rooms with speaker phones if needed.
NCEAS has a few Polycom speakerphones available for checkout.
To create a 3-way conference call use the FLASH button on a regular phone or the Soundstation EX, or the CONF button on the Soundstation VTX 1000. Only outgoing calls can be joined into a multi-point call:
See pages 8 and 9 in the Soundstation VTX 1000 User's Guide for more information.
To join 4 or more parties into a conference call, we are using a service from Infinite Conferencing. Please get the instructions from the main office (309). User's Guide to touchstone commands
We have VOIP speakerphones, microphones and headsets available for loan. We also support VOIP technologies such as Skype.
See Thomas in room 314 to borrow any of our VOIP accessories and to get help setting them up.