Join Sally Norred for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring system requirements, part of Learning WebEx Meetings.
Web ex meetings will work with a variety of computer systems setups. Lets talk about the minimum system requirements here, so you and your meeting participants don't have any hitches when you're getting set up. WebEx Meetings is compatible with Windows, Mac, or Linux operating systems. First lets talk about hosting or attending a meeting from a Windows computer. You need to have Windows XP or higher. You're Windows PC needs to have an Intel core dual CPU processor or have at least two gigahertz, or an AMD processor. Two gigabytes of RAM is recommended for a best performance. If you're on a MAC, you'll need to have MAC OS 10.5 or higher and an Intel processor with at least 512 megabytes of RAM.
Linux operating system users have a longer list of requirements. In fact, there are several known issues with the Linux operating system's compatibility with WebEx meetings. For specific requirements for Linux, please visit the WebEx support knowledge base at support.webex.com. With any of these operating systems, You'll obviously need a good internet connection and an internet browser on your computer. If you plan on connecting using voiceover IP on your computer, or showing your streaming webcam video, you're going to want a great internet connection.
Try to get a wired connection, rather than a wireless connection for a stronger signal. So that your participants can see and hear you clearly. For audio, you'll need speakers and a microphone. The easiest and most functional thing to do here is to use a USB headset attached to your computer. If you're showing streaming video during the meeting, you can either use a built in webcam in your laptop, or an add-on webcam. Be sure to test all audio and video before your meetings. Browsers that work with WebEx Meetings include Windows Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
Let's talk a little about using WebEx meetings from mobile devices. If you're on a mobile tablet or smart phone with an internet connection, you can access the meeting via any of the aforementioned browsers that are loaded onto the device. However you can get better performance for hosting or attending meetings on a mobile device by downloading the WebEx meeting mobile device for the device your using. Whether or not you're using the mobile app or mobile browser, you'll have a better meeting connection and experience if you connect to the internet using wi-fi rather than your wireless data plan.
I'll show you how to use those mobile apps later in this course, but for now, let's just talk about the system requirements for these mobile apps. Mobile apps are available for iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, also, Android devices and Blackberry devices. If you're on an iPhone or iPad, you'll need iOS three or higher. If you're on an Android you must have version 2.1 or higher. Blackberry devices need to be BB10. WebEx Meetings supports a variety of technical setups, but there are known limitations with each device. Let's briefly review the known limitations with each of the operating systems and devices.
Internet Explorer 6 and 7 may disable chat, presence, and make pages unreadable. It's highly recommended that you download the latest version of Internet Explorer. On Macs, animations and transitions in presentations are not supported when you're sharing Apple Keynote or Microsoft Powerpoint presentations. The best thing to do is to limit animation of any kind in your presentations, if your attendees are on a Mac. Also, Mac users using a USB headset to connect to audio my experience some problems. Linux users have issues with file sharing, webcam streaming, productivity tools, and recording the meeting.
Visit the WebEx support page for a full details on Linux limitations. For the mobile apps, there's a limitation on the pre and post meeting experience. For the mobile apps, there are limitations in the pre and post meeting experience for all devices. While the mobile app allows users to host and join meetings, it will not provide access to shared files or other out of meeting content. You'd need to use the mobile device's built in browser to access these files. On the mobile device browser, however, the mobile browser may not provide the full functionality available on the desktop browser.
If you're hosting or attending a critical meeting, your best bet is to use the desktop browser. WebEx meetings has a lot of flexibility and system requirements for meeting hosts and participants. Its great that individuals can host and join WebEx meetings from a variety of systems setups. Be sure to test your setup thoroughly before hosting or attending a meeting.
- Setting up a host account
- Installing WebEx Meetings
- Joining a meeting
- Using text chat
- Scheduling meetings
- Launching instant meetings
- Sharing your desktop or specific applications
- Changing presenters
- Managing audio
- Using whiteboards and annotation tools
- Recording meetings
- Video conferencing
- Using WebEx Meetings on mobile devices