Boost video conferencing capability without expanding your bandwidth

Boost video conferencing capability without expanding your bandwidth

The benefits of video conferencing have been largely recognised by a number of businesses across a variety of sectors.

Reduced costs, increased flexibility and higher levels of productivity are some of the most notable positives that organisations can enjoy if they choose to implement such technology, but there are still a number of concerns in need of addressing.

Many IT managers have found that design guides often outline that bandwidth per participant should be between 1.5 and 15 megabits per second.

A large number of companies are also deciding to use video conferencing solutions that are largely designed for consumers, which can limit the quality but still provide a platform that achieves basic communication and collaboration.

If organisations are only able to use the most basic types of video conferencing, then there are still a number of tips they can follow in order to improve the results without having to increase their bandwidth.

For example, many workers will use a laptop or tablet as their video conferencing solution, with many devices also containing a built-in mic.

However, using an external microphone can offer better sound quality, greatly improving the clarity of communication.

The use of USB headsets allows for distractions to be reduced even further, while visuals can be aided by using the technology in rooms that are adequately lit.

It is also important to focus on the configuration of the hardware and software needed for video conferencing.

Many conferencing tools contain a setting that allows them to automatically adjust audio and video quality to reflect the conditions of the network.

If this feature is enabled, it makes the performance of your video conferencing solution far more predictable when in a low bandwidth environment.

Another key driver of improving video conferencing quality is to prioritise outbound real-time traffic on your system's wide area network (WAN) using edge routers and firewalls.

Quality of service (QoS) engineering is also useful in separating and prioritising voice and video traffic.