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Posted on 2007-03-23
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I've looked thru some of the VC/webcam postings & am hoping for some specific guidance for my situation.  I really don't know anything about WebCam or Videoconferencing equipment, but have been asked to find a solution.  We are a nonprofit of 12 staff & would like to conference with 2 small satellite offices.  Also, we're looking for something low cost & simple so it could be set up for a home office too.  Here's some of our info if it helps: Cisco router, Windows Server TS, 4 servers (2 are domain controllers), T-1 line, need to see people (computer screens are optional).  Any suggestions?
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The industry leader in inexpensive videoconferencing for the last decade has been Polycom. They now offer a desktop solution called Polycom PVX.
http://www.polycom.com/products_services/0,,pw-4367,00.html
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I'm familiar (somewhat) with Polycom.  We just received a quote from Tandberg (recommended by our consultants).  Has anyone had experience with them (on a fairly small scale)?
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Not on a "fairly small scale". But Tandberg have been virtually the leaders in videoconferencing since virtually the pioneering days of the industry -- like when you used to have to put hash symbols in front of the telephone numbers etc, and when you had to almost be an electronics engineer to pilot the things. Tandberg is, and always was very good equipment.
They are also industry leaders in certain broadcast areas today. But I don't think their solution will come in under Polycom's price, as Polycom's market is the mass, user friendly world market.  I suppose it gets down to budget. The professional installers will use Tandberg if the client has the budget.
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