Best method? - Internet Video Conferencing

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Beachcomber, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. Beachcomber

    Beachcomber Guest

    What, in your opinion, is the most economical, but reliable, method
    of doing a 2-way videoconference between businesses in different
    remote locations?

    Both sites have high speed access through cable broadband, static IPs,
    routers with NAT, firewall software, and late model PC's configured
    with the latest version of Internet Explorer, speakers, mics, and an
    inexpensive USB ball video cam. Security encryption is not a major
    concern.

    I have installed Microsoft Net Meeting on one of the local PC's, but
    Microsolf's server never seems to be available and the whole scheme
    doesn't seem to be reliable. Would I have better luck with AOL or
    Yahoo for video conferencing or do I need something more robust?

    Beachcomber
     
    Beachcomber, Dec 12, 2003
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  2. considering the restrictions you placed on the criteria... i'd say yahoo
    would work. as for net meeting, it doesn't care for NAT at all... and as
    you said, it's not reliable. i've found yahoo works in just about all
    circumstances and i've set this up for an office or two... offices that
    wanted to "do it on the cheap".







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    Colonel Flagg, Dec 12, 2003
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  3. Can't really comment about the software that you're planning to use, but
    it's probably worth pointing out that IP video conferencing over the
    unregulated Internet generally produces pretty poor frame rates (you're
    limited to the lowest bandwidth at any point in the link, and potentially
    vulnerable to high packet loss)

    http://www.videocentric.co.uk has some information & links that you might
    find useful (declaration of interest: I'm unconnected with the company, but
    know the Tech. Director. Very knowledgeable chap)

    Most "proper" installations still use dedicated ISDN lines, where you have a
    guaranteed level of service.

    HTH

    Hairy One Kenobi

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    in the first place. So there!
     
    Hairy One Kenobi, Dec 12, 2003
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  4. Hint:
    From my following of the various hack/crack news groups,
    the tool "Netmeeting" is commonly referred to as "A sucking
    chest wound". No amount of band-aids will be sufficient to
    repair the damage to your computer security once this tool
    is in use.

    Also, due to Netmeeting's use of dynamic port assignments,
    it does not work so well behind a NAT.

    Enjoy
    Mangled & Munged
     
    Mangled&Munged, Dec 12, 2003
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  5. No matter what information imparted - that's a beautifully emotive phrase
    ;o)

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    Hairy One Kenobi

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    reflect the opinions of the highly-opinionated person expressing the opinion
    in the first place. So there!
     
    Hairy One Kenobi, Dec 12, 2003
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  6. Beachcomber

    FireFighter Guest

    Beachcomber wrote:



    You can try Eyeball chat.


    http://www.eyeballchat.com/


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    FireFighter, Dec 13, 2003
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  7. Beachcomber

    Abhijit Guest

    Hi,

    One prof in our school is working on this topic and has developed a
    SIP base videoconferencing tool. This videoconferencing client is
    available for free you can download the client at ncl.cgu.edu.

    Well, this is a NSF supported project for Internet2, but worth looking
    if you are really serious about videoconferencing as such.


    Abhijit.
    School of Information Science,
    CGU,CA,USA
     
    Abhijit, Dec 14, 2003
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