How Multipoint Video Conferencing Works

In our first post about Multipoint Video Conferencing, we covered the general definition of Multipoint conferencing and why it is important for business, both small and large to explore the benefits of this amazing advancement in conference call technology.

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How Multipoint Video Conferencing Works

Multipoint conferencing is just like any other video conference, but the difference is that it allows people in multiple locations – three or more to connect to the same video conference call via a bridge. In other words,  when three or more participants or remote sites need to get on a video conference, a videoconference “bridge” system or MCU system must be used.  This capability is analogous to phone conferencing where multiple people can be connected
together in a single call.

MCUs have traditionally been dedicated, stand-alone devices that provide the ability to link multiple video
conferencing sites together in a single call. However, this capability can also be embedded within the video conferencing
system (called a codec) and is referred to as an embedded or built-in MCU. Finally, the third way to achieve multipoint
capability is through a multipoint service provider (MSP). You may also need a gateway, which helps mix different formats of video conference calls together, such as H.320 and H.323.

In the next post, we will cover the options available in the Multipoint conferencing space and what your business should consider when selecting a system for your needs. We will then review individual Multipoint Service Providers (MSPs) and help you understand the pros and cons of their offerings and what makes them unique in the marketplace. We will also look into Google hangouts and Skype – which are cloud based solutions and how they compared with the regular systems that dominate the space in the enterprise settings.

We will cover Free Multipoint Video Conference Systems and the pros and cons that come with going that route vs spending the money on an enterprise solution like Polycom, LifeSize, BrothercloudCisco or  Bluejeans system or software.