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Recording and Recap: All About Room Connector
May 1, 2015 by Zoom

On Wednesday, Zoom Support Engineers Jacob Ryan and Lukas Haselwood hosted a webinar about Room Connector. This is one of our monthly series of webinars that focus on different Zoom features and products. Next month, we will discuss Zoom API integration.

Now, back to Zoom Room Connector. You can view the webinar on YouTube:

And download the presentation.

If you missed the webinar, here are the 5 key take-aways:

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 8.59.50 AM1. What is Room Connector?

Room Connector connects H.323 and SIP room systems into the Zoom video conferencing cloud, thereby extending the reach of your room system meet with mobile devices, tablets, computers, and Zoom Rooms. Room Connector works with a diversity of endpoints – Cisco Tandberg, Polycom, Lifesize, and more – bringing these systems all the benefits of Zoom, including:

  • Up to 200 meeting participants or 3,0000 webinar viewers
  • Meet with users on Mac, PC, iOS, Android, Blackberry, other room systems, and Zoom Rooms
  • Multi-screen support; active speaker and gallery view
  • End-to-end encryption

2. Cloud Room Connector Vs. Virtual Room Connector

Cloud Room Connector: This cloud-based solution connects your conference room via our East and West Coast IP addresses with no set-up involved.

Virtual Room Connector: This on-premise solution deploys Room Connector as a virtual machine. It has an easy set up process with dedicated virtual servers that are only accessible to users on your account. Thus, your meetings run on your own servers, instead of the public internet. Zoom is the only provider to offer this solution.

3. Call In and Call Out Options

Calling out to a room system.

Calling out to a room system.

To Call in, you can dial into the Cloud Room Connector or join the meeting via pairing. Details on these methods can be found on our support site.

To call out to your H.323/SIP devices from the Zoom client on your PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device, you can use the public IP address or SIP URI assigned to the device. Dial out uses a directory, so all the addresses and URIs are saved for you to easily make a call out.

For more on calling in and out of conference rooms, check out this earlier post.

4. Content Sharing

Zoom supports dual streaming to your two screens by default if H.239 is enabled on the local device. With dual screens, you’ll see the content sharing and participants at once, or if there is no content sharing, you’ll see the video of you or the active speaker and your participants. With a single screen, you can see the participants in gallery or active speaker view, or you’ll have content sharing with picture-in-picture (PIP) video of the participants. What you see can vary by device as well as the number screens. Zoom sends two streams of content, but the devices will vary on how they handle those streams.

5. Getting Started

Here’s the next steps if you’re interested in Zoom Room Connector:

  1. Request a live demo if you’d like to learn more.
  2. Ready to get Room Connector now? Purchase the add-on to your Pro plan.
  3. If you’re already using Room Connector but have some questions, visit our Support Center to read our knowledge base or open a support ticket.

Happy Zooming!