Use Skype for Business to connect to videoconference rooms

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Connect to videoconferences

You can use Skype for Business to make video calls to videoconference room systems and multi-point conferences on the IU Video Bridge. For more, see Create or join a "23" video bridge conference at IU.

Examples of possible Skype for Business video calls:

  • Connect to Video Bridge 231820: Enter 231820@vc.iu.edu, and then right-click the contact that appears and select Start a Video Call.
  • Connect to the videoconference room system called Bl-uits-cib-125: Enter Bl-uits-cib-125@vc.iu.edu, and then right-click the contact that appears and select Start a Video Call.
  • Connect to an E.164 number: Enter <e.164>@vc.iu.edu (replacing <e.164> with the E.164 number to which you want to connect), and then right-click the contact that appears and select Start a Video Call.
  • Connect to the copybird, a toy parrot that repeats what you say: Enter copybird@vc.iu.edu, and then right-click the contact that appears and select Start a Video Call. (This allows you to test your equipment.)

About the presence status of a conference or room

Presence status indicators are not always accurate for certain @vc.iu.edu addresses. For instance, a search for 23XXXX@vc.iu.edu will always show as offline, even though the call can be completed. On the other hand, green (Available) status merely indicates that the particular endpoint is registered to the vc.iu.edu gatekeeper/SIP registrar server. A system may display Available status when it is actually in a video call with another system.

Bandwidth and resolution

Because of a technical limitation, Skype for Business video calls to any @vc.iu.edu address have a maximum resolution of 320x240 CIF resolution.

Skype for Business video calls to any @vc.iu.edu address currently consume 384 Kbps bandwidth. You cannot modify this speed.

Share your screen

Participants using videoconferencing room systems can present their computer images to the videoconference.

Because of a software limitation, Skype for Business participants cannot present computer images to @vc.iu.edu addresses using the Skype for Business Share button.

Find a videoconferencing room or Video Bridge

H.323 room systems are not part of Active Directory, and therefore do not appear in the Exchange Global Address List. To find the system name of the videoconferencing room system you wish to call or to reserve a videoconferencing room, see Reserve a videoconferencing room at IU.

Invite multiple contacts at once

In Skype for Business, to instantly create a multi-point call between individuals, you can select multiple contacts, and then right-click and select Start a Conference Call or Start a Video Call.

Unfortunately, an H.323 room system or a Video Bridge conference cannot join a conference call that you create using this method. If you need to mix Skype for Business and videoconference room systems in a call, use the IU Video Bridge.

Get help

For help or to learn more, contact UITS Learning Spaces Support (cthelp@iu.edu, 812-856-2020, Skype for Business: cthelp).

To learn how to perform common tasks in Skype for Business, see UniCom. Also, see Skype for Business help center.

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Last modified on 2019-06-11 12:30:19.

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