I’ve been working from home for several years, so digital communication has been my primary way to keep in contact with my colleagues. I wanted to share some tips I’ve learned over the years to make it easier for you to communicate with your friends, family, colleagues, or large groups via video conferencing like Zoom or Google Meet.
Tips for remote video conferencing (especially with low bandwidth or over VPN):
- Use a wired connection to your router/modem or sit close enough to your wireless router to have best connection possible
- Use voice only to save bandwidth (including people joining) if there is lag or connection issues.
- Ask people to mute themselves or mute everyone except for presenter to prevent echo and unnecessary background noise. Also, ask people to use headphones, this also helps cut down on background noise.
- Be aware that there will sometimes be lag especially with a slow internet connection, allow a pause after each statement to avoid people talking over each other. Allow people to talk in turn, rather than all at once.
- Try not to screen share since this also uses bandwidth, send shareable links to documents or PDFs
- Conference providers also providers dial in numbers, use that instead of the web version.
- Attempt to hold meetings at non-peak hours when company bandwidth usage is lower
- Don’t use other streaming services on your network during meetings like Netflix or Spotify. These also use bandwidth.
Free or Low-Cost Conferencing Services
Below are a list of free or low-cost video conferencing solutions for larger groups. Of course, if you have smaller groups, you can use Skype, Whatsapp, Messenger, etc.
Zoom — https://zoom.us/
Google Meet — https://meet.google.com/
GoToMeeting — https://www.gotomeeting.com/
Free Conference — https://www.freeconference.com/
FreeConferenceCall — https://www.freeconferencecall.com/