Conferencing Modes

RealPresence Web Suite supports the following conferencing modes:
  • Standards-Based Conference Mode Available in all RealPresence Web Suite configurations
  • Transcoded Conference Mode Available if using WebRTC
  • Mesh Conference Mode Available if using WebRTC

Standards-Based Conference Mode

RealPresence Web Suite supports standard SIP conferencing RealPresence Web Suite soft client to join meetings and standards-based video conferencing endpoints.

Transcoded Conference Mode

Transcoded or bridge conferences are WebRTC meetings that are hosted on a RealPresence Collaboration Server, Virtual Edition system or other WebRTC-enabled MCU.

Transcoded conference mode supports WebRTC-capable browsers and standards-based video conferencing endpoints.

The following network diagram shows a call to a WebRTC-enabled MCU in transcoded conference mode.

Mesh Conference Mode

Mesh conferences are WebRTC meetings that enable browsers to send media to each other directly instead of an MCU.

One of the benefits of mesh conference mode is the ability to simultaneously manage a large number of conferences that require minimal server-side resources.

However, mesh conferencing has the following limitations:
  • Conference participants can only connect to a mesh conference using a WebRTC-capable browser. RealPresence Web Suite currently supports only Google Chrome for WebRTC conferences.
  • Each mesh conference participant receives different media streams, so the bandwidth consumption increases quickly. When a mesh mode conference exceeds three or four participants this can cause issues, so the RealPresence DMA system currently limits mesh conferences to three participants.

The following network diagram shows two WebRTC-enabled browsers in mesh conference mode.