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FAQ : NetMeeting

Most information provided courtesy of Pmj


NetMeeting is a wonderful tool that a group of folk I know called the Silversurfers like to learn about.

In fact one of our regular contributers called Wrinkle One in the forums has created a site which hosts all the certificates of folk who have successfully configured and loaded NetMeeting and they can all be viewed here

NetMeeting is available for free download from the NetMeeting Web site Here but comes included with every version of windows since Windows 98. Versions of windows from Windows 98SE onwards come with V3.0x of NetMeeting.

Direct download page link here : Here

It is pre-installed on a standard Windows installation and it can be installed using the standard procedure for any of the windows Optional Components... Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs>Windows Setup.

If you *do* need to download V3.01, then I would suggest (as with all downloads that come as a self-extracting file) *not* to select "Open (or Run) this from Program from its current location". But rather to choose "Save" & save it (in a folder set aside for downloads & installation programs)
Then fire up the standard windoze Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs Dialog Box. On the Install/Uninstall tab press [Install...] This will fire up the Install Program wizard. Click [Next>] & wait for it to finish looking on the Floppy & CDRoms, then click[Browse...] Navigate to the folder where you saved it, select the .EXE file & click [Open]

Installing things in this windows standard way has several benefits & advantages. Not least of which are the facts that you can at any time re run the installation from the saved download file without having to connect to the net & download it all again & also it will ensure that the uninstall information is properly stored in the registry.

The first time M$NetMeeting is run (& *only* the first time) you get the "Welcome to M$NetMeeting" wizard which is supposed to help you set it up.

Most of this is supposed to be fairly self-explanatory, but I find that it confuses many people in the typical windows way, by not clearly explaining the relevance of what it's asking & the consequences of your answers.

Most of the options can be set correctly later on using Menu>Help>Options, but by then a lot of people are already thoroughly confused.

The first page of the wizard is...

"Enter information about yourself for use with NetMeeting"

First name: whatever you want to appear as your first name.

Last Name: whatever you want to appear as your last name.

Email address: any syntactically valid address.

Those are the only required fields.

Location: if you want to announce where abouts you are Comments: whatever you want to be shown as a comment.

OK, where is all this information shown? & who is likely to see it? & thus what do we actually want to fill in as our information? That's what the next page determines...

A directory server lists people you can call using NetMeeting. If you log onto a directory server, people will see your name & will be able to call you" [ ] Log on to a directory server when NetMeeting starts I suggest UNticking that, because it just delays things. Server name: defaults to micro$oft Internet Directory But you can enter any valid ILS or ULS name (Internet/User Location Server) [/] Do NOT list my name in the directory.

What micro$oft conveniently forget to say is that they closed down their own ILS servers some time ago, possibly because they (in common with all the other still existing 3rd party iLS servers) are full of perverts, weirdos, exhibitionists, cranks & whores. & if you enter any identifiable details (& choose to sign on to an ILS server in visible mode) you lay yourself open to all sorts of (possibly?) unwanted advances & spam.

That's why I suggest marking youself as NOT shown. Besides, instead of the ILS servers, the micro$oft Internet directory now takes you to a scripted log-in web page for their standard M$N Messenger service. Great! You say? Yes, it would be, except the latest versions of M$N have brokted that. :-(

Due to security holes in the implementation of it, it now doesn't work. So just UNtick the logon bit & TICK the don't list name bit & press [Next]

Then it asks you to fill in the speed of your modem For most people (/) 28,800 bps is the setting to use, I've tried using other values, in an effort to get it to use a higher compression CoDec, but it doesn't seem to make much difference.

If the wizard detects any Video Capture Hardware it asks you to choose from a dropdown list of detected devices. The one to choose should be self-evident, but I found that it showed up 2 identical instances of my TVCard & 2 different names for my Webcam. :-(

Then it asks [ ] Put a shortcut to NetMeeting on my Desktop [/] Put a shortcut to NetMeeting on my QuickLaunch bar.

These are obviously personal choices but I would definitely recommend having a shortcut on the QuickLaunch bar. Notice the reference to "My" here? That is a giveaway that the settings are on a Per-User basis... If you have Multiple User Prfiles set up on your PC, then each User gets to run their own "Welcome Wizard".

Then it launches into the Audio Tuning Wizard... Where you can set which of your Audio Devices to use. Even if you think (or *know*) you've only got one SoundCard, windoze often shows up other weird bits of hardware that you never knew existed on your machine at this point. But I've run out of time now, so can you wait for that bit? :-)

You can always access the Audio Tuning Wizard from the menu later, but *not* when you probably need it most. :-(
Which is when you are in the early stages of making a call! You have to be "Not In a Call" to use it. Most, but crucially & frustratingly, not *all* of the settings in the Welcome & setup wizard are also available later on via the Menu>Tools>Options... Dialog box

Recommended Computer:

Pentium 120 MHz or better with at least 32 MB of RAM 256-color display card or better, 28.8-Kbps or better modem card or Ethernet card ,Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT Server, or Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 3 or higher (audio, illustrated audio, and video)

Links to learn more about its uses and how to configure and troubleshoot errors below :

NetMeeting FAQ, tips, and troubleshooting guide by the NetMeeting Zone's
editors Here

Microsoft NetMeeting Frequently Asked Questions Here

Net Meeting FAQ Here

Microsoft® Windows NetMeeting® Common Questions Here

There is a built-in help section too, so if you open Netmeeting and go to the Help menu and click Help Topics you can learn how to set it up and use it.

If you have trouble locating Netmeeting you can go to Start/Run and type conf and click Ok as this will open Netmeeting.


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