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Making the Connection for a Wireless Conferencing System

September 16, 2015

As more and more companies see the money and time saved by using conferencing systems, some are taking it to the next level: Going wireless. But before making that kind of leap, it makes sense to explore all the options available to you and getting the best system for your particular needs.

That was the focus of a blog by Belgium-based marketing professional Kristoff Henry. Writing for the European-based communications systems manufacturer Televic, Henry looked at various wireless conferencing systems and came up with a checklist for anyone contemplating such a purchase.

First and foremost, he cautioned that the system needs to sound natural. “The use of a conference system should improve intelligibility in your meeting room, and reduce fatigue for the delegates,” he suggests. “Make sure to compare, preferably side-by-side, before making a decision.”

Henry also makes a simple but critical observation: Invest in GOOD batteries. “It is important to understand that batteries based on older technology (like NiMH) suffer from a ‘memory effect’ and will degrade much faster over time,” he says. “Li-ion is your best bet: it has little or no memory effect and can be recharged before they are fully discharged.”

Pick the wireless technology that is right for you: “There are two major technologies in wireless conferencing: RF (Radio Frequency) and IR (Infrared),” Henry observes. “Depending on how you intend to use the system, one or the other (or both) will best suit your needs.”

It’s also important to note what you can (and can’t) do during a meeting. Henry suggests checking out all features before making a purchase. There’s nothing worse than having a problem during an online meeting, and not being able to fix it. Likewise, be sure to check into what the system cannot do.

Finally, Henry suggests looking into tech support. If or when the system goes down, you need to be sure it can get up and running quickly. Otherwise, it’s a wasted investment.

To see Kristoff Henry’s full blog with other insightful suggestions, click HERE.