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Video Conferencing Questions
Question asked by Shaun Peet - December 19, 2016 at 6:03 AM
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1) Can the video conferencing features be turned on / off on a per-domain basis?
 
2) What sort of bandwidth is needed for the video conferencing?  For example, we have our own data center and have a big, albeit limited fiber connection.  How much bandwidth is used by the video conferencing, and does it increase with the number of people on the call?
 
Those two questions are related, since I'm guessing we'll have to charge extra for a domain to have this feature if there's the potential for a significant bandwidth impact.
 

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Derek Curtis Replied
December 19, 2016 at 4:13 PM
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Hi, Shaun. At this point, video conferencing is tied to XMPP services. So you can turn on/off web conferencing on a per domain basis just like you can currently with group chat.
 
As for bandwidth, it should be negligible. We're tied into a third party now, so the video portion is hosted through their web app, not your datacenter/SmarterMail server. That said, we DO plan to build out a web conferencing solution, but that's quite the undertaking. SmarterMail 16.x+ will come in stages...there's only so much code we can write and STILL release a product :). 
Derek Curtis
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SmarterTools Inc.
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Shaun Peet Replied
December 20, 2016 at 7:57 AM
Thanks Derek.
 
Quick follow-up.  Can you elaborate whether the home-grown web conferencing solution built by you guys will have the same model as far as hosting the web conferencing, similar to what appear.in is doing?  Or will that become more of a self-hosted model when that happens?
 

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