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Actually, perhaps it's not that dramatic, but not making your boss happy is not healthy for your job as you can well imagine. But let me explain how I got into that mess, I work as an IT manager and my boss asked me to install him a "Videoconferencing System", "No problem, boss" was my answer and the subsequent thought was "Heck, I don't know anything about videoconferencing, how am I gonna do that?" (I failed to mention the lattest thought to my boss), then I thought perhaps someone over here could help me out understanding (and picking) a (decent) videoconferencing system.

What I know is very limited, basically I know it involves a stable DSL dedicated line (ISDN are out of the question), it also involves an LCD TV and a connected videocamera to grab and send the image. I also know such systems are rather costy 3 to 5 grands for an average one and up to 10 grands for a good one (and I'd rather stay in the first category). Please forgive me if this is not the right forum for that, but judging from titles this one seemed the most appropriate.

What my boss specifically asked is:
Quote:
- Shouldn't cost more than 5K, actually the less the better.
- Should be HD (That was my fault since I asked him if he wanted HD or if he was content with LD and guess his answer..)
- He will use it 3/4 times per month with a maximum number of participants around 4.
- He also asked me "one for local view and for remote view" which I am not sure what he exactly meant.
Can anybody help me comply with my boss request and keep my job in this economy?
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When I was working for a law firm we used Poly com ( http://www.polycom.com/products/telepresence_video/video_conference_systems/ )

It was very easy to set up and never gave me troubles.
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You may want to check out this website, its pretty much all video conferencing. I believe I used the V7000 system awhile back for a school project and it was pretty slick. Also I believe one local view and one remote view means he wants to be able to see the video stream he's sending to the other people as well as their video stream that he's receiving from them.
    
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Tell him to get skype for his droid.
    
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um, local view would mean he and other participants will be able to stream locally over the network on site.

remote view means he can stream on any network outside of the office via VPN.
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Originally Posted by RyanRacer48 View Post
When I was working for a law firm we used Poly com ( http://www.polycom.com/products/telepresence_video/video_conference_systems/ )

It was very easy to set up and never gave me troubles.
Polycom was infact the first thing google thought about, I suppose it's a famous company, problem is I am not sure their products are entirely available in my area, all I could find was a: Polycom VSX 6000 for around 5000$ and I couldn't find that product on polycom's syte (maybe it's outdated tech?); anyways, would it be good?

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Originally Posted by Klue22 View Post
You may want to check out this website, its pretty much all video conferencing. I believe I used the V7000 system awhile back for a school project and it was pretty slick. Also I believe one local view and one remote view means he wants to be able to see the video stream he's sending to the other people as well as their video stream that he's receiving from them.
Thanks for clarifying the local/remote view bit; isn't the VSX 7000 seems a bit large for my boss' needs though.

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Originally Posted by davent123 View Post
um, local view would mean he and other participants will be able to stream locally over the network on site.

remote view means he can stream on any network outside of the office via VPN.
Do you think a VPN would be mandatory in order to videoconference or a simple stable DSL would suffice?

Also, do you guys suggest any model in particular?
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