OpenMeetings Web Conferencing – suitable for you? 

While reading this section, you can understand how much Apache OpenMeetings web conferencing is your solution.

For Start

How many people will participate?

If you plan no more than 25 active users in a web conference and within 100 participants in a webinar, OpenMeetings is OK for you.

What are the requirements for participants computers?

There are few: 1) web browser 2) headset or speakerphone c) Internet channel with a speed from 1 Mb / s.

Webcam is the option, if the audience needs your video-window active.

No additional software is needed. OpenMeetings works via web interface in any popular web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, ...).

Can one participate in a web event without registering?

Yes. When the organizer of online meeting (moderator) creates the account in OpenMeetings, he will send all the participants mail invitation with the link to the desired virtual room, which can be accessed without registering.

Can I use the OpenMeetings demo server regularly?

Yes. All demo servers  are at your dispose. Please register and select one of the 2 private rooms that are provided to each registered user. Also, you can choose any public room. However, an outsider may accidentally enter the same room for testing purposes.

After the online event, do not forget to erase your chat.


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For Proceeding

To understand whether it is worth choosing OpenMeetings as a long-term solution as a web-conferencing system, we recommend you to consider the following topics:

Need a lot of rooms for different purposes?

You are welcome. The unlimited quantity is possible. First, 2 personal (private) rooms are provided to each registered user. Second, the administrator of your OpenMeetings server is able to create any number of virtual rooms of various types.

Do you need management, control and privacy?

How much the content of your web events should be protected from other people’s eyes and ears is up to you. OpenMeetings server can provide a high level of security, since you download and deploy it on your computer, configure the database and file storage. This allows you to track all users/participants, all audio-video streams, videos and files that you share.

Automatic logging allows you to restore all events and troubleshoot. Control of open source code is a guarantee that nobody can spy on your web-conferencing servers.

Design and interface – alterations might be needed?

Since OpenMeetings is an open system, any code changes are possible. The most common ones are branding of virtual web conferencing rooms, that is, placing logos, changing the color scheme, etc.
Any alterations to the interface are possible – these are new layout of functional elements (video windows, panels, ...), adding new ones or removing existing elements / functionality.

Integration - might be needed?

Quite often, OpenMeetings users express a desire to have quick access to web-conferencing rooms from other applications, which are in their constant use. This is achieved by integration with any IT systems through a web interface via SOAP / REST web services.

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For Decision

And think about technical support and hardware:

Technical support

If you have your own technical specialist who can install open source software and configure it, this is an ideal case. The essential help one can get with free email lists on the product website, where the developers are regularly responding. Many OpenMeetings user communities do it on their own.
If you do not have IT geek in your disposal, then we are ready to provide you with full commercial support . An intermediate option is often implemented - when the main technical support is done by your specialist, and our developers help to understand and overcome challenges.

What kind of hardware is needed for OpenMeetings?

For a good operating of OpenMeetings server, you need a mid-range computer. This can be either an office desktop or a rented server in the data center, preferably a dedicated one. The minimum requirements are 8-16 GB of RAM, a CPU of at least 2-3 Dual Core or Quad core, 20 GB of hard disk space. Optimal OS is Linux Ubuntu or Debian. Other Linux builds, as well as Windows family, are also feasible.

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