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STEP 4: REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE

Once you've entered your settings, you can place a call or connect to a chat room. CU-SeeMe and iVisit come with lists of chat rooms that you can explore by selecting items from the list.

There are four types of videoconferences:

  • Point-to-point In other words, talking one-on-one with an individual, as you would with a phone call. To call up someone, add the person to your Contact (White Pine CU-SeeMe), Speed Dial (NetMeeting), or Bookmarks (iVisit) list by entering the person's nickname and email address, followed by their ILS (see the screenshot below). You can then call the person simply by selecting their name from the list.

    New Contact dbox

  • Group conference This arrangement involves talking with more than one person in a chat room hosted by a special server that enables group conferences, like White Pine MeetingPoint. To connect to a group conference, select it from the list that comes with your program. Or you can create a Contact, Speed Dial, or Bookmark list entry with the conference's Internet address (URL), just as you would for an individual.

  • Cybercast A group conference in which one person talks and shows a video, and everyone else listens. Cybercasts are ideal for online training and presentations. You can connect to a cybercast the same way as you would connect to a group conference.

  • Multicasting This arrangement lets people set up or join group conferences without going through a server. Only White Pine CU-SeeMe and NetMeeting support multicasting, and you also need a high-speed Internet connection. To start a multicast conference, select your videoconferencing program's option for hosting a meeting. A dialog box will then appear and give you instructions. Once you set up a multicast conference, you can invite others to join you.

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