How to use the Cisco Telepresences at Think Big Coworking
Video teleconferencing (as it was called back in the dark ages of the 1990s and early 2000s) has been around for longer than most Millennials can remember being alive. It used to be crazy expensive and unreliable until innovations like Skype came along, and it then became inexpensive…and slightly unreliable. That’s why Cisco has created its WebEx Telepresence, to improve the reliability of teleconferencing services while maintaining prices affordable. Think Big Coworking is proud to host three of WebEx access points in meeting rooms 2D, 3B and the one on the 4th floor (no letter associated with that one–contact us for availability).
Using this hardware and software can be daunting (mostly if you forget your morning coffee), so Think Big Coworking staff created this video demo that will walk you through the steps needed to use this system. Please note that the awkwardness exhibited by the “model” in room 3B is not mandatory while using the system.
Please follow the steps in this video:
- Use the attached touch control panel to operate the system:
- Touch the panel to bring it back to life
- If you want to make a phone call (audio only), touch the dial pad, and remember to dial 9 (for an outside “line”) before the phone number to ensure that you do reach the person(s) you are trying to reach.
- Don’t forget to press “Call” to initiate the call, and “End” to hang up.
- To call another WebEx user, use the same touch dial pad on the touch panel, but press keyboard and enter the destination address.
- During a call, you can share notes by using the eBeam electronic white boards present in our meeting rooms. The instructions for those will be discussed in another video.
- Don’t be afraid of the fact that the cameras atop the systems track your movements. They are supposed to do so.
- You also can share other content through USB, VGA and HDMI connections to a laptop or other compatible device.
- You can (we encourage it) pretend that you are in a more exotic location during your presentation, but don’t get too carried away. If you bring sand to the conference room, we will ask you to take it out after your call is over.
We will continue this series, so keep checking back for new posts on how to use the technology around the space!
Important meeting coming up? We know how crucial technology is in order for things to run smoothly when you’re in the middle of a conference or screening. Because of this, we work hard to insure that our space is equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art technology. Whether this be simply a projector, or Cisco’s WebEx Telepresence systems, we’ve thought of it so you don’t have to.