Margaret Rouse is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects simply to a non-technical, business audience. Over…
Multipoint videoconferencing involves situations where videoconferencing equipment and systems are set up to serve more than two locations. By contrast, traditional point-to-point videoconferencing is a simple videoconference between two specific locations.
In general, multipoint videoconferencing requires more resources and more specialized setups than a point-to-point videoconferencing system. Multipoint videoconferencing relies on something called a multipoint control unit or MCU that acts as a kind of bridge for the various pieces involved. This requires specific setups of local area networks and other methods to provide calibrated real-time data streaming to and from each individual location.
In setting up these more sophisticated multipoint videoconferencing systems, there’s also the question of how to deploy resources. Two main deployment strategies are a centralized deployment strategy, where individual components all link up to one central WAN cloud, and distributed models where various locational components may communicate with each other in other ways, involving specialized trunking that changes how data flows between the various endpoints.
Engineers have a lot of choices in how to setup multipoint videoconferencing, choices that will affect signal integrity and other aspects of video teleconferencing.
Techopedia’s editorial policy is centered on delivering thoroughly researched, accurate, and unbiased content. We uphold strict sourcing standards, and each page undergoes diligent review by our team of top technology experts and seasoned editors. This process ensures the integrity, relevance, and value of our content for our readers.
Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.
What is a WebSocket? A WebSocket creates a persistent, bidirectional communication channel between a web browser and a server. This...
Marshall GunnellIT & Cybersecurity Expert
What is whoami? whoami is a command-line utility program for computers. It answers the question, "Who am I logged in as?" and...
Margaret RouseTechnology Expert
What is Backhaul? Backhaul is the process of transmitting data signals from remote locations or networks back to central ones...
Kuntal ChakrabortyTechnology Writer
Trending NewsLatest GuidesReviewsTerm of the Day