All Logitech Video Conferencing Solutions are USB peripherals with plug-and-play connectivity to a computer of some form. The most common options are a personal laptop, sometimes referred to in terms of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), or a dedicated computer of some type permanently installed in the meeting room.
Logitech Video Conferencing Solutions are ideal for BYOD scenarios since they work right out of the box without additional software once everything is plugged in. With USB plug-and-play simplicity, BYOD users enjoy the flexibility to set up ad hoc meetings in any video-enabled meeting space with full access to any application on their own laptop.
Alternatively, many organizations prefer the consistency and convenience of provisioning video meeting spaces with dedicated computer sources. In this scenario, all connections are already made and tested so that everything is always set up and ready to launch a meeting. Users encounter the same experience every time and enjoy the reliability of a pre-configured, consistent experience. Rooms with a dedicated computer can gain additional ease of use by installing the optional Logitech Tap control surface.
The primary location for the computer source is either on the meeting table (as with a personal laptop), mounted below the table or behind the display wall. An advantage of positioning the computer near the display is proximity to AC power, Ethernet, and other components to which the computer connects.
Regardless of the chosen location, the computer requires proximity to the camera to connect through the USB cable. Supplied USB cables vary in length from 6.5’ to 16’ depending on which Logitech solution is acquired. In all cases, a quality Internet connection is required to provide a quality experience with video calls. Due to this requirement, wired Ethernet is recommended over using wireless (WiFi).
When planning the placement of the computer source, consider the connections for the meeting controller (see next section), HDMI cable(s) to the display, USB cables for the camera and speakerphone, Ethernet and power. HDMI and USB extenders are available if the in-box connectors for the camera, speakerphone and meeting controller are not long enough for a specific instance.
In addition to the basic components of a video conferencing system [the display, computer source, and either an all-in-one solution or the combination of a camera, mics, and speakers] a meeting controller is also needed. The meeting controller can be either wired or wireless. Product options include a Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard, a Logitech Tap or wireless tablets.
Tap is a 10” (254mm) touch surface which displays the native interface for video conferencing software. Tap requires a USB connection to the computer, power, and provides an optional HDMI input to enable wired content sharing. Tap can be placed on a table out of the box; additionally there are swivel mount, riser and wall mount optional accessories available. If the supplied USB cable is not long enough, the Logitech Strong USB cable is another option accessory that comes in 33 feet (10m) or 82 feet (25m) forms. Strong USB is an active optical cable that enables the extension of USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 up to distances of 82 feet (25m). Being optical, the cable does not pass power to power remote devices, but does power itself from the device to which it is connected and therefore does not need any external power supply.
Cabling example of Tap and Rally in a mid-sized meeting room with a dedicated room computer
For configurations with a user supplied wireless tablet, power is needed close to the placement of the tablet on the table to avoid a low battery state at an inconvenient moment. Be sure to secure the tablet using a charging dock.
At the most basic level, you will need to ensure power is readily available to the video conferencing hardware, display(s), and the computer source.
Other cables and connections include a USB cable between the video conferencing hardware and computer source, an HDMI cable or cables between the computer source and display(s), and an Ethernet connection for Internet access. Take note of how cable lengths and proximity to power/network outlets will inform your possible installation options in any given room.
Huddle room cabling example with MeetUp and BYOD setup
For Logitech GROUP deployments in larger conference rooms, additional connections are required between the hub, camera, speakerphone, and optional expansion microphones.
Logitech Rally offers even more installation flexibility, including the addition of up to seven individual mic pods and an external speaker (mono) or two (stereo). With each Rally Mic Pod providing exceptional conversational clarity throughout a 7.5' (2.3m) radius (effectively serving up to 10 people) the possibilities are expansive.
Logitech Screen Share connects to the conference room computer via USB (1) and provides an HDMI input (2) for instant content sharing