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DFN videoconference Service
The DFN offers three video conferencing services:
- DFNconf - The new Conference Service in the DFN
- Web conferencing service via Adobe Connect
- DFNVC – The old Platform
DFNconf - The new Conference Service
The DFNconf service will be available shortly.
Web conferencing service via Adobe Connect
As an alternative to DFNVC video conferences, the DFN also provides a web conferencing service. This service uses Adobe flash and enables you to join a video conference with your web browser. This service offers further features like application and data sharing, chat, whiteboard and document exchange.
You can use the Web conferencing service without prior registration as a meeting organizer. On the DFN page DFNconf Webkonferenzen select the button “Anmeldung über DFN-AAI” and select your institution on the following website.
Central entry point for DFNVC
GWDG users can use the DFN's video conference service DFNVC. Central entry point for DFNVC video conferences is https://www.conf.dfn.de/videokonferenzen/. Before you can use the DFNVC service you have to registriere your videoconferencing devices or software at one of our gatekeeper servers. This is described below (see „Registration of video conferencing devices at the GWDG Gatekeeper servers“) or check the DFNVC site H.323 prerequisites.
The next step is the reservation of your own video conference number for FDNVC.
Reservation of a video conference number for DFNVC
To establish a videoconference connection to a desired subscriber via DFNVC service you need a so called videoconference number. This number is somthing like a telephone number of your video conference. On the video conference start page you can reserve an ever lasting video conferencing number.
Video conference procedure
A conference starts as soon as the first device connects to the DFN's MCU (Multipoint Control Unit) with the number you have reserved. The other paticipants have to do the same. During a video conference all DFN video conferencing services can be used via the DFNVC via Internet portal.
Registration of video conferencing devices at the GWDG Gatekeeper servers
Registering to one of the GWDG's Gateway servers enables you to use the DFNVC service. GWDG has a contract with the DFN to use its service. Therefore GWDG can offer these services to the University of Göttingen and the Max Planck Society. It is also possible to register directly at the DFN Gatekeeper to use the DFNVC service.
To register your devices at our Gatekeeper you have to set the following values in your device:
- E.164 number
- H.323 alias name
- IP address of one GWDG Gatekeeper server
You get the GWDG Gatekeeper's IP address during the registration process. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration.
Examples for E.164 numbers and H.323 aliases
1. Allocation of E.164 numbers
00 49 551 39 0 4467
0049 551 201 0 1552
|49||country code for germany|
|551||prefix for Göttingen|
|39 respectively 201||Phone numbers taken from the main connection|
|0||Additional identification as an E.164 number|
|4467 resp 1552||shunt numbers of the telephones in the video conferencing rooms|
2. Allocation of H.323 aliases for better identifcation
|gwdg respectively uzpr||shorthand symbol of the institute|
|maier respectively konferenzraum||Name or location|
Dialling into a videoconference via phone
To participate in a videoconference via phone DFNVC Service offers an additional phone number to call in. This number supports up to 160 concurrent phone calls, however the number of simultaneous participants in one conference is limited to 40 phone calls. Dialing this number will cost a normal phone call to Germany. If your phone is serviced by DFNTelephony, the call will be free of any additional charge. This is also valid for mobile phone numbers within the frame contract between DFN and T-Mobile.
Dialling into a videoconference via phone
Dialling into a videoconference takes place via direct call, using IVR is not possible.
Dial the following gateway number imediateley followed by the conference_id.
- The conference_id starts with 979 followed by 1-5 digits, e.g. 030-200 979 12345.
- Pressing *6 mutes your phone. Pressing *6 again unmutes your phone.