Net Meeting Video Conferencing

What is net meeting video conferencing : Net meeting video conferencing (VC) facilitates conferencing over the Internet using the net meeting software of Microsoft Windows Operating System for Windows based PCs. Featuring audio and video, net meeting allows viewing as well as hearing other people. Besides there is an Instant Messenger facility that allows chatting, share programs, use of white board and file transfer features.

Essential necessities and features of net meeting video conferencing : The basic requirement for net meeting is a Windows based PC having Windows net meeting, a webcam having USB port compatibility. However use of headphones and microphones are optional. The other necessities are SoundBlaster compatible sound card featuring full duplex capacity in order to both record as well as play sound. In case one needs a new sound card, selection can be made from AWE32 from Creative Labs or Videum AV from Winnov. For capturing video, a Web camera is needed for connecting to the PC.
(i) Starting net meeting : Using net meeting one can connect either individually or to a group of people.
(ii) Calling : For placing a call, one has to click on the Place Call Button in the net meeting interface and enter the IP address of the person or meeting one wants to connect to.
(iii) Receiving a Call: When a person is calling, net meeting will display a screen and one has to click accept to initiate the call. For ending a call, one has to click End Call button.
(iv) Hosting and Joining meetings: In order to host a meeting, in the Call menu, Host meeting has to be selected. In the meeting Name meeting name has to be typed or it has to be set to Personal Conference. In order to monitor who joins the meeting, a check box Only you can accept incoming calls has to clicked . In order to disallow participants from inviting other people, Only you can place outgoing calls check box has to be clicked.
(v) Using the Chat feature: Using the chat feature, one can communicate with an individual or a group through test messaging. These conversations can be saved for referring later as a Rich Text file. There is a feature known as "Whisper" mode that allows private messages between the host and another person while in a group session. A chat session can be opened by clicking the Chat button.
(vi) Using the Whiteboard feature: Using the Whiteboard feature, one can review, create, and update graphic information. This option allows one to load saved Whiteboard pages into the Whiteboard window conference through the drag and drop feature. The Whiteboard can be opened by clicking the Whiteboard button.
(vii) Sharing Programs: Shared Programs permits the participants of the meeting to view and work on files together although they might not be having the program. Just a single participant can control the shared program at a particular point of time.
(viii) Transferring Files: This is one of the most important features of net meeting . This feature allows background transfer of files during a session of net meeting that can be sent either to a single person or a group.

Confirmation to International Standards:
Microsoft net meeting matches the H.323 based video conferencing standards for Windows NT users. Besides, it also fully supports the T.120 standards. However, net meeting currently does not support the H.320 standards. Thus one has to be sure to check with the product documentation to verify if it supports with a net meeting user. The second factor with video conferencing is the low bandwidth Internet connectivity in some countries. It is important that 28.8 modem connection is present which is the basic minimum requirement.

Points to ponder:
(i) The optimum use of video conferencing through the net meeting can be gained with High Speed Internet connections like DSL or Cable Modem.
(ii) Before using net meeting, the video has to be previewed to ensure that there is enough lighting or no disturbances are happening in the background.
(iii) Making bodily movements such as showing a Victory sign or waving a hand to indicate that the host is online will confirm that the connection has been established.
(iv) It has to be ensured that all background noises are shut off.
(v) It is always advisable to use plain background for superior video quality.
(vi) Using enough light is important to confirm that the webcam picks up better quality video.
(vii) it is always better to send videos of lesser duration for better performance.
(viii) The various properties like Tools, Options, videos are needed to be adjusted for better overall performance.

Performance limitation of net meeting video conferencing :
Windows XP video conferencing (XPVC)is the latest video conferencing product from the Microsoft stable that is supplied as a component of Microsoft Messenger and comes bundled with XP . As a function of the (Peer to Peer) P2P architecture and for a lot of other reasons, net meeting and XPVC is observed to suffer from acute performance limitations and fail to support several high-quality group communications. Since data transfer in XPVC is P2P, the quality, performance and latency are highly compromised by connection quality. It is important to note that as P2P linkages are dependent on public peering points, traffic might have much increased latency, and there are increased chances of data loss. net meeting as well as XPVC is dependent on a multiplicity of protocols. This implies very high overhead for utilization of bandwidth and computer resources. Apart from that, infrastructure at the enterprise level ought to be specifically configured to support the protocols needed by XPVC. Performance of net meeting is severely impacted by firewalls . Firewalls need substantial changes in configuration so as to function properly with net meeting or XPVC. Besides, it is sometimes difficult to configure net meeting to work with the existing Proxy Servers. net meeting is not hacker safe and hence hackers can attack users of net meeting through hacking tools available on the Internet .