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  • Conference Bridge

    Anyone out there have a conference bridge? We are thinking about getting one.

    Good, Bad, Ugly? Can anyone send me a conference link so I can see what they look like, etc?

    I wish shoretel had a flash demo showing both sides of the deal, I couldn't find one.

    gary
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  • #2
    I have a customer with a 24port Audio only unit. I set it up with 6 "rooms" that are always available. They use it daily, sometimes several times a day.

    It's very flexible, and has alot of cool features, but if you don't have somebody trained to schedule rooms, it can be tough. That's why I just created some "always" open rooms.

    Charles

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    • #3
      Rooms

      how many rooms can you schedule?

      Is it something where I could create a room for each heavy use executive and they would just use the same meeting code/password and never have to set anything up?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by eazeaz View Post
        how many rooms can you schedule?

        Is it something where I could create a room for each heavy use executive and they would just use the same meeting code/password and never have to set anything up?
        How many? I have no idea...I set it up 2 years ago. I know I have at least 6 or 7, but I'm sure I could have kept going. YES, the rooms have the same meeting code/password for the entire time. This way they can have a conference call anytime, without having to go in and schedule it. The only problem I had was that the rooms "closed" after a default timeout (I think 1 year), but I went through the knowledge base and was able to extend it for another 7 years .

        Basically I have it configured in a "Set it and forget it" mode. I did an initial setup, passed out the room #'s and pin #'s, and other than having to change the default length that the room is open, nobody has accessed the Conference Bridge, and it hasn't gone down in 2 years.
        Last edited by Forum; 05-30-2008, 04:23 AM.

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        • #5
          We have a 12 port collaborative bridge. It is easy to use, plus the collaborative piece is very useful.

          There is not an easy way to keep track of scheduled conferences through the bridge itself. However, you can use a shared calendar in outlook to schedule them.

          You can schedule as many conferences that you need, or you can have reservationless conferences that will need to be renewed every 6 months. You are always limited to the ports you have available. You cannot schedule what ports are going to be used. So If I have 12 ports, I can have 1 12 party conference, 2 6 party, 3 4 party, etc..

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          • #6
            Charles,

            Can you tell me how you extended reservation less conferences for 7 years?

            Jeremy

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            • #7
              We have a 24 port audio and app sharing bridge. The app sharing is unfortunately riddled with issues getting it to work from many computers. There are 2 or 3 different activex controls that need to be downloaded. If your network is locked down it can be very difficult to get the conference going. I havent even had a chance to look at the new release for the bridge, but im hoping that some of this pain will be fixed. The audio portion works fantastic however. Had it installed for about a year and a half with not a single issue.

              Tim

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jercledug View Post
                Charles,

                Can you tell me how you extended reservation less conferences for 7 years?

                Jeremy
                Choose: Provisioning > Default User Settings
                And change
                Maximum Length of Reservationless and Recurring Conferences
                From (Default) 26 Weeks
                To the Desired Length up the Maximum of 3120 weeks

                Note
                This can *not* be set to indefinite. If you attempt to go excessively beyond 60 years,(3120 Weeks) the system defaults to 26 weeks.

                Examples:
                52 Weeks = (1 Year)
                104 Weeks = (2 Years)
                206 Weeks = (5 Years)
                512 Weeks = (10 Years)
                3120 Weeks = (60 Years System Maximum)

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                • #9
                  We have a 48 port collaborative bridge. I agree with AspenTim about the issues with the app sharing, it definitely could be better. Also, viewing recorded presentations only works with IE 6, not IE 7 or Firefox. Allegedly that will get fixed in the next release but we'll see.

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