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Conferencing Units guide

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Conferencing units are available as either video or audio units, with the latter allowing multiple users to talk over a standard telephone line, either to another conferencing unit or to a single telephone. Since thereís no need to install a separate line (the audio units use a standard BT phone line, and can often operate within an office telecoms environment) there are no hidden costs, and once your unit has arrived you can operate it almost immediately. Video units include a camera, so that images can be sent along with audio, and because of that they often require a different communication method between the units (for example, ISDN or IP) and they are the most useful when both parties have a video conferencing unit.

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Setting up a conferencing unit is easy, and the models available today (from the likes of Polycom, BT and ClearOne) allow you to expand the base configuration with additional microphones and add ons. Itís still relatively inexpensive to set up a complex conferencing system.

Over the last few years thereís been a rush to improve the quality of conferencing units, with manufacturers working hard to make sure that call quality (and the sound levels of the people within the meeting). The main problem with the older units was that it was hard to hear people in the meeting, and that was one of the reasons why a lot of people were turned of the idea of using a unit, or they opted for more expensive solutions. Now the units have fantastic sound quality, plus a host of settings that allow you to tweak the way that the sound is transmitted. Using additional microphones allows you to cover larger meeting rooms, or wherever you decide to play your conferencing unit, so that everyone can be heard.

Each unit includes a built in speaker that acts like a speakerphone, transmitting the sound from the person, or conferencing unit, that you have called. A built in numeric keypad allows you to make a call from the unit, as you would with a standard telephone, and most units come with a redial or memory facility so that you can store regularly used phone numbers.

Almost all of the conferencing units that Topcomms sells are in the traditional tripod, or hexagonal, shape, but there are some base units by Polycom that look like a standard telephone, with a much lower price point.
When choosing which conferencing unit to buy thereís a few things to consider. Firstly the price point, and units generally sell for between £150 up to £800, but itís also worthwhile thinking about where the unit will be used, in what size room and if the room has the necessary facilities (phone line and power point) that are required. The more expensive models have a longer range, with more sensitive microphones able to pick up voices from further away, but you can also supplement this with the installation of additional microphones.

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