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About Videoconferencing

Videoconferencing is a communication tool which allows video and audio connections between two or more sites. IVN, as part of STAGEnet, provides videoconferencing connections for the higher ed campuses as well as K-12 schools, NDSU Extension and Research Centers, and state government.

IVN provides the bridging which allows up to 12 sites to connect simultaneously. IVN uses the industry transmission standard of internet protocol H.323.

IVN is able to connect to H.320 or other standards with compatible equipment, but testing is required. There will also be a charge for this type of service. For connection to sites not on STAGEnet or outside the state, additional information and testing is required.

The interactivity with videoconferencing can be enhanced by using other audio visual aids with the equipment. Most rooms are equipped with a document camera or VCR. Laptops may be available or can be brought in for PowerPoint presentations.

Classroom technicians can be requested to operate the equipment for the presenter in higher education sites. Videoconferencing equipment is easy to use. Higher ed site and technical coordinators can train those who wish to learn more about the teaching techniques or operating videoconferencing equipment.

Types of Connections
Videoconferencing connections consist of two types.

Point-to-Point, involving only two sites

Host site makes the connection by dialing the other
site using the alias or IP address.

Connecting one STAGEnet certified endpoint to another is as simple as making a telephone call. The dialing address of all STAGEnet sites can be found on the ALT web site by clicking the site directory in the main page.

Multi-Point, involving three or more sites

Scheduling is required through your consortium
scheduler or IVN scheduler as this requires bridging.