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Topic # 27689 4-Nov-2008 09:37
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We want to do a video link between two venues for an upcoming event. The Auckland venue (rented for the night) doesn't have broadband, so we need a short-term wireless solution to make it happen. The venue is in central Auckland.

We're using iChat AV on Mac + Firewire cams to connect the two locations, so the solution has to be Mac compatible (most are, of course, but that's a factor).

Some options I can think of:
  • Get a Woosh connection ... but I've heard a lot of issues from Woosh users in the past, so I can't say I'm excited about this
  • Vodafone or BW mobile broadband - I have VFNZ mobile devices available - not sure if the bandwidth will cut it.
  • Telecom mobile broadband - adds cost of purchasing a T-stick - again unsure if the bandwidth is up to video chat
I'm sure there must be more alternatives, and I'd really appreciate suggestions and practical experience from the local community. What alternatives should I be considering?

PS. Not sure if this is the right forum - all the mobile forums seem to be vendor specific.

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  Reply # 175646 4-Nov-2008 10:26
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I am sure Woosh should be ok find out first before you buy but I think they'd be your only solution that is fast enough for a live feed, unless there's a good Telecom/Vodafone mobile coverage there.

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  Reply # 175663 4-Nov-2008 11:54
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I'm assuming your looking for video in both directions? Latency is a huge factor, having tried to do similar things via 3g netowrks, having that instantanous feel about it is hard to do. Budget is always a very big factor but talking to citylink to fibre it or similar providers if you have $$$ might not be a bad idea. Auckland CBD is large enough for certain areas to come into play eg line of site to the correct floors of skytower or go borrow someone elses broadband for the event. Not had experience of Woosh so I'll leave you to the experts. PM if you want some crazy solutions but would look pretty darn good all the same.




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  Reply # 181501 2-Dec-2008 00:36
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I'm living in the central city and use woosh, I'd advise against using it for live video conferencing

another idea is to check out if your room has wifi?

an idea is to check out the casual rate for vodafone and telecom mobile broadband, it would be very expensive. but you are just using it as a one off

and then just get just about any smart phone on that network and hook it up to the computer and access the net via the phone  

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