Video Conferencing Tool: Jitsi

What is Jitsi?

Jitsi describes their service this way:

How do I set up a Jitsi meeting?

  1. Go to the Jitsi Meet website using Google Chrome or other compliant browser.
  2. In the Start a New Meeting box type in a unique meeting name.
  3. Click Go.
  4. Your meeting room will open.
  5. You will be prompted to allow use of your microphone and camera. Click Allow.

You can reuse the virtual meeting you create. Keep in mind that customers that have the meeting link already can enter your meeting (unless you password protect the session).

Make sure to input a unique meeting name to avoid other people from entering your meeting by mistake.

How do I invite others to my Jitsi meeting?

  1. When your meeting opens a box will open on the lower right corner of your screen title Share. If it’s not there, click on the Info icon in the lower right corner of the screen.
  2. Click Copy. The meeting information is copied to your clipboard.
  3. Compose an email to meeting attendees. Right click in the body of the message and click Paste (or press CTRL+V on your keyboard).
  4. Send the email.

If you are already on the phone with the meeting attendee, joining a video conference with audio enabled will cause feedback. To avoid this, all attendees, including you, should mute your speakers.

What are the requirements for using Jitsi?

  • Browser: Browser needs to support WebRTC. Current versions of major browsers on Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android (Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari) support WebRTC. This article has a list of browsers that support WebRTC.
  • Connection Speed: At least 500 kbps download / upload speed to support standard definition video. This bandwidth guide from Skype also applies to using Jitsi.

Is Jitsi secure?

Jitsi has put together a FAQ on security and privacy.

Updated on April 11, 2020

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