Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Technology

Videoconferencing Service Comparison

The following table outlines the videoconferencing services we currently support, along with their various advantages and disadvantages.

This table is only meant to provide a broad overview: please feel free to contact Technology Liaison Gary Ahrendts to match your needs with the most appropriate service option.

Service name Advantages Disadvantages
Internet2 Best audio quality

Near full motion video

Point to point and multipoint

All sites can be recorded

Can be connected to room A/V system

Requires dedicated Polycomm System

Requires set up/testing time

Requires operator during conference

Full I2 connection for best quality

Non-I2 sites connect at lower quality

iChat Comes with new Macs as part of OS X

Requires (Free) account set up (MobileME, AOL Instant Messenger
(AIM), Google Talk, Jabber)

Easy configuration of names in Buddy List

Multipoint with up to four people total

Can share screen control

Most new Macs come w/camera & mic

Macintosh platform only

Recording all sites requires special S/W

Quality limited by connection speed

Some Macs may require camera/mic

Skype Cross platform: PC or Mac

No special hardware required

Free download

Call cell phones/mobiles (Charges apply)

Free multipoint up to 25 people

Can conference with others not using Skype

Quality limited by connection speed

Recording all sites requires special software

Computer may require camera and/or mic

Google Video Chat Free service to Gmail

Free download

Cross platform: PC or Mac

Multiple browser support: Google Chrome, Firefox 2.0+, Internet
Explorer 7.0+, Safari 3.0+

Quality limited by connection speed

Must be Windows XP or later

Intel Mac with OS X 10.4 or later

Point-to-point or multipoint

NITLE Elluminate Cross Platform: PC or Mac

No special hardware required

Event can be recorded

Wheaton has 10 seats in “Auditorium”

Video/audio/text supported

Whiteboard and polling

Event must be scheduled in advance

Limited to 10 seats at a time

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