What is the best free or low cost video conferencing tool in terms of ease-of-use, stability, and reliability?

Joseph Videtto February 22, 2013
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Looking for a free or low cost tool for web conferencing with friends and co-workers for educational and research (non-profit) purposes. Hopefully, tool that works most reliably over lower bandwidth connections, though I’m not sure that’s easy to determine. Most people live in NYC, but also, eventually, may be dispersed throughout U.S.

Initially, crowd may be anywhere from 5 to 10, application is non-business (e.g. educational and research collaboration).

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  1. John
    August 2, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I ever used WebEX, CUMeeting, both are okay.

  2. James
    July 30, 2013 at 2:41 am

    I use CUMeeting. It has rich features but low cost. http://www.cumeeting.com

  3. Meetrock
    July 17, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I use zoom.us, link: http://www.zoom.us

  4. Meetrock
    July 17, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I use zoom.us free.

  5. Gianna Marie Lanete
    February 25, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I use skype and it is free but you can also have a premium. XD

  6. Junil Maharjan
    February 24, 2013 at 4:45 am

    I would prefer Skype which is a great voip service but you can also use hangouts on google+

  7. ha14
    February 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing
    http://www.bigbluebutton.org/

    Vyew, free
    http://vyew.com/s/
    whiteboarding, video conferencing, screen sharing, Voice-over-IP.

    Blackboard Collaborate
    http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate.aspx

  8. Anish Parameshwaran
    February 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Since it's not for a business application, I would recommend using ooVoo - it allows up to around 10 people in a video conference. In addition, you could try Google Hangout - it's very reliable and effective and I don't think there's a limit to how many people can join a conference. All you'll need for that is a Google account with Google+.

  9. prashanth singh rathore
    February 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm
  10. Jesse Manalansan
    February 23, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Skype!!

  11. Edward Gill
    February 23, 2013 at 3:57 am

    I like skype you should go with it

  12. Rajaa Chowdhury
    February 23, 2013 at 2:27 am

    There are quite a few options, how I would personally recommend ooVoo. This is free for upto video chatting with 12 friends in a session. More details at http://www.oovoo.com/home.aspx

  13. Bruce Epper
    February 23, 2013 at 12:59 am

    A premium Skype account (only one person needs to have a premium account for this) will allow video calls up to 10 users but its effectiveness fades beyond 5 video call users.

    GoToMeeting (around $500/year) will allow meetings up to 25 users. This is a per-organizer rate, so if you only have one individual setting up & running the events, there is only one subscription required. This also allows screen sharing. I have personally participated in these meetings with absolutely no audio or visual issues on a 7Mb DSL connection.

    WebEx Meetings (by Cisco) has a plan for up to 8 individuals for $25 per host per month.

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