Online Meetings, Staying Connected

Here are some best practices to get the most out of your online meetings and instruction using Webex and Microsoft Teams.

Visit our Webex Meetings Quick Guides page for online meeting best practices for hosts and attendees.

Download the application on every device.

  • On your desktop, the stand-alone application is the fastest way to join a meeting.
  • For iOS and Android download the latest from the app store.

Shift your schedule!

Most people join their meetings on the hour or 30-minute increments. You can get a faster join experience by joining 5 minutes early or even better yet — schedule meetings on the 15th or 45th minute of the hour.

Close background applications.

Even if you're not using them, open applications on your device are using resources. Before your meeting, close any applications and browser sessions that you are not using for the best experience.

Turn off VPN.

You might be connected to a VPN to work remotely. A VPN can limit the bandwidth available to your online meeting software. You can use the online meeting software outside of VPN for the best experience.

Reduce simultaneous streaming activities.

Other's in your home while working remotely may be streaming their favorite TV series. Ask them to hold off on that next episode until your meeting is over. When possible, download shows for offline viewing to save valuable bandwidth during your work hours.

Hardwire your workstation.

Depending on your location and how many people are using the same WiFi you may see slower speeds on WiFi than on a wired ethernet connection.

Run a speed test.

Use an internet-based speed test to better understand your connection speeds. https://fast.com

Share content before a call.

Sending files before a meeting or sharing a link to the file rather than sharing your screen saves valuable bandwidth.

Choose audio over video.

When your connection quality is low, try turning off your video for a better experience.

Webex Specific Tips

This page was created from the content provided in the Cisco Webex document Best Practices for great online meetings.

View Best Practices for great online meetings From Cisco