In another post yesterday I described problems using M100 behind VMWare on a Mac.
Mirial Softphone doesn't support H.460. Normally that doesn't prevent making a call through our BC/GK, it just prevents registration; although I could get connections it would never pass video & audio. Worked OK outside our FW though. The interface is rather goofy, but workable. If it supported H.460 I'd be using it and recommending it.
According to the Lifesize rep I spoke with, Clearsea is being discontinued in favor of Lifesize Connections. Their web site is a mess of confusing info which seems to contradict that, but that's what I was told last month. It's a shame, because the demo version of Clearsea in the Cloud has worked better than any other product in my testing and we would probably be subscribers now if it was going to be around.
I was also told Lifesize Connections is proprietary; they have no H.323 or SIP gateway yet, though they said it's in the plans. Performance wasn't good during a demo I participated in, but regardless we have no interest in proprietary solutions.
This is an area where this industry has failed us for a long time. We NEED a solid stand-alone Mac/Windows software client that doesn't require a super-computer to perform well. HD is great, but it isn't necessary for effective meetings; years of effective use of CIF @ 128 & 384kbps have proven that. All of our muscle-bound hardware codecs are "HD" capable, but nearly 100% of our meetings still take place at 384kbps. If we could buy a standalone client that could deliver the performance of a Tandberg 1000 @ 384kbps, I'd be writing the PR right now.
I prefer a stand alone client to a service, but so far Cisco's free Jabber Video is the ONLY low-cost desktop solution that we're able to use for actual meetings, and it's still in BETA! The chief trouble is that the client won't complete calls through our BC/GK (assume this is a problem in the Cisco cloud infrastructure).
Originally Posted by Fatboy40
Well, I've been using Polycom M100 for a while now and I'm a little dissapointed with it. The things I'm dissapointed with are...
# How resource hungry it is, you have to throw meaty hardware at it.
# Even with powerfull hardware I've noticed transmitted audio drop for tiny amounts of time again and again.
# The fact that you cannot transmit video in any HD resolutions, you can receive in 720p but not transmit.
... I don't the interface of the LifeSize/Mirial Softphone but other than being even more resources hungry that the Polycom M100 it has none of the other problems I mention.
Unless anyone is aware of any other options I think overall I'm very dissapointd with the Windows H.323 clients that are available. I'm going to setup a trial LifeSize Clearsea server on our VMware cluster and see how that compares...