Monthly Archives: January 2011

Holiday Hoopla Snowman Swap

Yesterday we finished our almost last Holiday Hoopla Snowman Swap. This was a new TWICE collaborative project and my teachers enjoyed it. However, the snow really got in our way! The connections were supposed to be the last week in … Continue reading

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Day 11: How To Dial with a Polycom Remote

This post continues our 20 Day Challenge to understand the technical aspects of videoconferencing. We have covered the larger issues of setting up and optimizing the network, using gatekeepers, and how to tell people to connect with you via a … Continue reading

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Day 10: How To Manage Numerous Units Without Losing Your Mind

This post continues our 20 Day Challenge to understand the technical aspects of videoconferencing. This post is written specifically for those in K12 education who have many videoconference endpoints to support. These are some of the strategies we use to … Continue reading

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Day 9: Gatekeepers: The Good, The Bad, and The Necessary

This post continues our 20 Day Challenge to understand the technical aspects of videoconferencing. Today we examine the role of gatekeepers in an H.323 video conference environment. Some people view gatekeepers as an essential part of video conferencing; others view … Continue reading

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Day 8: The Secret of Optimizing the Network for Video Conferencing

This post continues our 20 Day Challenge to understand the technical aspects of videoconferencing. It is important to understand how H.323 traffic impacts the network and then plan for it. Organizations that do not properly go through this process are … Continue reading

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Day 7: Working with Your Firewall Traversal Unit

This post continues our 20 Day Challenge to understand the technical aspects of videoconferencing. Last week we discussed the two main ways to make videoconferencing work on your network. In today’s post, we look a little closer at the firewall … Continue reading

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Day 6: 5 Things That Can Make Your Video Conference Look Horrible

This post continues our 20 Day Challenge to understand the technical aspects of videoconferencing. VC is a good test of the health of your network. If you have poor or unacceptable video quality, then check for these things: 1. Quality … Continue reading

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Day 5: How To Manage Your Bandwidth

This post continues our 20 Day Challenge to understand the technical aspects of videoconferencing. Another key component of a quality videoconferencing is proper bandwidth management. First Assess Your Network How much bandwidth are you currently using? Does it sometimes peak … Continue reading

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Day 4: Making H.323 Video Conferencing Work on a Network

This post continues our 20 Day Challenge to understand the technical aspects of videoconferencing. There are two main methods for installing videoconference hardware on your network. We prefer the NAT static IP method; but we also realize that’s “old school”. … Continue reading

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Day 3: How to Determine Public vs. Private IP Addresses

This post continues our 20 Day Challenge to understand the technical aspects of videoconferencing. Why Do IP Addresses Matter? IP Addresses are used in standards-based H.323 videoconferencing; not for Skype or other proprietary desktop / web based conferencing tools. Many … Continue reading

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