2020 was a year of ups and own for majority of companies due to the Covid 19 pandemic. With half the world in lockdown we at 1plex had to think on our feet! We usually have customers come in to the office so we can demonstrate the technologies we use with Microsoft Teams to make meeting rooms wireless and more effective wherever you may be. So with lockdown looming over us again in October, we put this time to good use to develop a new Virtual Demo Room. As a company that is very much in ‘the modern workplace’ we wanted to showcase our technical solutions for use with Microsoft Teams for wireless meeting rooms.
Using the 1Plex YouTube channel 1plex Ltd – YouTube we have recorded several short videos on how each devise works.
Starting with Barco Clickshare CX30 using this with the Poly Studio X30 all in one soundbar/mic/camera. It shows you how to connect to the screen, camera, mic and speakers wirelessly in a meeting. This is a USB devise that plugs into your laptop. Once the software in installed on your laptop, plug in the dongle and off you go! Once the meeting is over you unplug the dongle and it is ready for the next person.
Mersive Solstice Solution – This video shows how to connect wirelessly to a meeting room. This is similar to the Barco Clickshare CX30 but there is no dongle required this time, instead Mersive Solstice provides you with the software to download on to your laptop with instruction on how to connect. Using a windows devise, you need to upload the clients software and connect to the USB devise via the conference option. Your laptop is then mirrored on the screen , this allows wireless connection for use on a Microsoft Teams Meeting.
Biamp Modena is next up – This can be connected to any screen or to any audio equipment. We used the Poly Studio which is USB connected to the Modena, the screen is then connected by HDMI to Modena, and we connect wirelessly to the Modena so we have access to everything. Download the clients software for your laptop, which will prompt a code number which is displayed on your screen devise. This then casts your screen wirelessly to the meeting room screen. Join the teams meeting from your laptop. Once meeting is over you can disconnect from the client.
Poly X30 – This is the devise we use to connect all the above solution. In the video we look at three different ways of joining a meeting (i) using the interactive screen (ii) using the table console (iii) using you laptop (proximity join). It is a dedicated Microsoft Teams devise which uses a collaboration bar making it an all in one solution. With a simple install you are ready to go. If you have a touch screen in the meeting room, brilliant but if you don’t, the Poly X30 usually comes bunded with the Poly TC8 panel. The Panel allows you to join the meeting using the panel rather than a touch screen monitor. It also allows you to track the camera to who is speaking, join the main meeting room screen from the panel, controlling the mic, and speakers. Proximity join is where your laptop detects the meeting rooms screen. It lets you join to the meeting room from your laptop, if the meeting room screen is within proximity. If you are out of range, this option wouldn’t show and you would just join the call via your laptop as usual.